THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY MATZIE, D. COSTA, BELFANTI, KORTZ, WAGNER AND SIPTROTH, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
Amending the act of August 6, 1941 (P.L.861, No.323), entitled,
as amended, "An act to create a uniform and exclusive system
for the administration of parole in this Commonwealth;
providing state probation services; establishing the
'Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole'; conferring and
defining its jurisdiction, duties, powers and functions;
including the supervision of persons placed upon probation
and parole in certain designated cases; providing for the
method of appointment of its members; regulating the
appointment, removal and discharge of its officers, clerks
and employes; dividing the Commonwealth into administrative
districts for purposes of probation and parole; fixing the
salaries of members of the board and of certain other
officers and employes thereof; making violations of certain
provisions of this act misdemeanors; providing penalties
therefor; and for other cognate purposes, and making an
appropriation," providing for jurisdiction of parole board in
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of August 6, 1941 (P.L.861, No.323),
referred to as the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
Law, is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 21.2. (a) An individual who was less than eighteen
years of age when he committed a crime for which he was
sentenced to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of no less
than ten years or who was sentenced to life imprisonment without
parole eligibility who has served ten years of the sentence is
subject to the jurisdiction of the parole board.
(b) In determining whether to release an individual on
parole under this section, the parole board shall consider the
(1) The individual's age and level of maturity at the time
of the offense.
(2) The individual's degree of participation in the offense.
(3) The nature of the offense.
(4) The severity of the offense.
(5) The individual's prior juvenile or criminal history.
(6) The likelihood of the individual to commit further
(7) Other information considered relevant by the parole
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.