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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2015 11:36 AM
From: Representative Peter J. Daley
To: All House members
Subject: Parole Assistants
I plan to introduce legislation amending Title 71 (State Government) Section 5102 (Definitions) by adding Institutional Parole Assistants to the term “enforcement officer.” Institutional Parole Assistants are employed by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and work directly with inmates, the Parole Board, and hearing officers in the state’s correctional facilities.

Parole Assistants regularly work unarmed inside locked correctional facilities, potentially being exposed to the danger of physical harm, and are required to interact, unescorted, with the inmate population. Additionally, they are subject to searches upon entering and leaving the facilities and provide inmates guidance through parole hearing procedures. These individuals perform not only clerical work, but also hands on activity with both inmates and members of the Parole Board and hearing officers.

Parole Assistants are an integral part of the inmate review and parole process, and subsequently I feel that this legislation will ensure that these individuals, just as parole agents, can qualify for retirement at age 50 with twenty or more years of credited service.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB1435