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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 04:23 PM
From: Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Disposition of Abandoned Contraband by Probation/Parole
I plan to re-introduce legislation to put in place a uniform procedure for the disposition of contraband left in the possession of probation and parole agencies.

Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and Title 61 (Prisons and Parole) of the PA Consolidated Statutes authorize probation and parole officers to seize contraband in the possession of persons under their supervision. While Title 42 contains a specific procedure with regard to contraband seized by law enforcement agencies, it is unclear what is to be done with property left in the hands of probation or parole agencies.

This legislation would put in place a uniform procedure where probation and parole agencies could declare an item “abandoned” when left unclaimed in its possession for two years or more. This abandonment process will not interfere with the existing statutory processes involving contraband forfeiture to law enforcement agencies or property escheat to the state treasury.

If you would like to co-sponsor this legislation, or have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

Introduced as SB533