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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 23, 2013 12:02 PM
From: Senator John P. Blake
To: All Senate members
Subject: Blake: District Attorneys opt-out of serving on prison boards
 
In the near future, I will reintroduce Senate Bill 1384 of the 2011-2012 Session. This proposal would amend Title 61 (Prisons and Parole) to grant District Attorneys in 3rd, 4th and 5th class counties the option of serving on their respective county prison Board of Inspectors. Counties of the 6th, 7th, and 8th class currently have this option.

Under current law, District Attorneys in 3rd, 4th, and 5th class counties must serve on their county prison Board of Inspectors. There is a perceived conflict of interest as they must occasionally prosecute inmates, guards, or employees of said prison. As a result of this conflict, District Attorneys are potentially liable for any incidents that may occur at the prison. My legislation would allow counties to opt out of the requirement of District Attorney representation on the prison board, via resolution of the county commissioners.

Last session’s co-sponsors included Senators: Solobay, Orie, Fontana, Waugh, Brewster, Rafferty, and Boscola.
If you have questions about this legislation, please contact Kyle Mullins of my staff at 717-787-6481 or kmullins@pasenate.com.



Introduced as SB705