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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 28, 2023 11:36 AM
From: Representative Greg Scott
To: All House members
Subject: Probation Reform
Pennsylvania has the fourth largest probation population in the nation. Research has shown that 45 percent of state prison admissions throughout the nation are due to supervision violations, costing taxpayer money without increasing safety. Additionally, probation violations can serve as a pipeline back to prison, prioritizing punitive measures over rehabilitation.
For this reason, I will be introducing legislation that would reform our probation system by creating a graduated response to administrative probation violations, which does not include imprisonment for more than 30 days. Furthermore, the bill would limit the total probation time that an individual can be sentenced to as well as the use of consecutive probation sentencing. Finally, the court would not be permitted to extend the period of probation due to lack of payment for fines, costs or restitution unless the court finds the defendant is financially able to pay and has willfully refused to do so.
It is vital that we reform the probation system to make our criminal justice system fairer and more efficient. Furthermore, we must ensure that the probation system provides a means to reduce overincarceration while also providing individuals on probation the opportunity to thrive outside the prison system and reintegrate into their communities. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to reform the probation system in Pennsylvania.