|Posted:||December 21, 2016 01:04 PM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Sentence Enhancement - Crime in Violation of Protection Order / Consent Decree|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce a bill that amends Title 42 to allow the Commission on Sentencing to provide a sentence enhancement when a crime is committed and the defendant was in violation of a protection order or consent decree.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is an effort to combat domestic violence in the Commonwealth. This bill was developed with input from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Domestic violence continues to plague our communities. Last year, the 60 community centers providing services throughout the Commonwealth assisted more than 89,000 victims of domestic violence.
This bill requires the Commission on Sentencing to provide a sentence enhancement when an individual, who at the time the crime was committed, was in violation of a protection order or consent agreement, which included violence or sexual violence, issued by a court.
This is a reintroduction of SB 1392 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: Leach, Costa, Hughes, Brewster, Kitchen, Schwank, Teplitz, Rafferty, Reschenthaler and Vulakovich.
Introduced as SB312