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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2014 10:38 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Cosponsor memo #11 – Expansion of Statewide Intermediate Punishment Program to include Gambling Addiction
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to expand access to the Commonwealth’s Statewide Intermediate Punishment (SIP) Program (42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 41) to individuals who have committed crimes due to gambling addiction. Currently, the program is open only to individuals who have committed crimes due to drug or alcohol addiction.

The stated purpose of the SIP program is to “create a program that punishes persons who commit crimes, but also provides treatment that offers the opportunity for those persons to address their drug or alcohol addiction or abuse and thereby reduce the incidents of recidivism and enhance public safety.” While drug and alcohol addictions often lead to criminal activities, the level of hopelessness and despair associated with gambling addiction can also fuel criminal conduct. Creating a treatment option may be a better approach to dealing with these types of offenders.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please contact my Chief Counsel, Mark Mekilo, at 7-7112 or mmekilo@pasenate.com at your convenience.

Introduced as SB430