|Posted:||November 29, 2021 02:26 PM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Kinsey|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Probation and Parole Reform: Earned Compliance Credits|
|Over 3.5 million adults were on probation in the United States by the end of 2018, more than triple the number in 1980. Additionally, Pennsylvania has the second highest percentage of individuals on probation and parole in the country. While probation and parole are useful tools that allow individuals the opportunity to remain with their families, they can place significant burdens on local and state agencies tasked with overseeing probationers and parolees.
To alleviate the stress placed on these individuals and agencies, my legislation would create Earned Compliance Credits, which would reduce the time that low-risk, non-violent offenders would be on active supervision. For each month in compliance, their supervision time would be reduced by 15 days. Once all restitution, fines, and fees have been paid, the court or releasing authority would be able to reduce the period of supervision in proportion to the total amount of credits earned.
As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve all Pennsylvanians, including those who have come into contact with our criminal justice system. Please join me in supporting this legislation to provide better support to our probationers, parolees, and their families.
Introduced as HB2351