|Posted:||January 4, 2021 09:48 AM|
|From:||Senator Vincent J. Hughes and Sen. Jay Costa|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Allowing Electronic Monitoring of Defendants as an Option of Relief in Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders|
|In the near future, we plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 196, which amends Title 23 to allow a judge to order an electronic monitoring device on a defendant in a protection from abuse (PFA) order.
Domestic violence continues to plague our communities. According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), in 2019 112 victims died from domestic violence incidents, 46% of whom were killed by a current or former intimate partner. Pennsylvania’s local domestic violence programs serve 90,000 victims or their children each year. In 2019, according to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, more than 39,000 new PFA cases were filed.
This bill amends Title 23 to allow a judge to order a defendant to wear an electronic monitoring device if a defendant is found, by a judge, to present a substantial risk of violating a protection from abuse order. This would not be a mandatory requirement; it would be another option for relief a judge can order.
Co-sponsors of this legislation last year included: Bartolotta, Boscola, Browne, Brewster, Fontana, Gordner, Haywood, Mensch, Muth, Phillips-Hill, Santarsiero, Stefano, Tartaglione, K. Ward, J. Ward, A. Williams and Yudichak.
We hope that you will join us in sponsoring this legislation.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Deery in Senator Hughes’ office at 717-787-7112 or at Michael.Deery@pasenate.com or Stephen Bruder in Senator Costa’s office at 717-787-7683 or at Stephen.Bruder@pasenate.com.
Introduced as SB638