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Guidelines and Related Statutes

The Commission on Sentencing is required to adopt:

  • Guidelines for Sentencing (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154). Guidelines for sentencing within the limits established by law which shall be considered by the sentencing court in determining the appropriate sentence for defendants who plead guilty or nolo contendere to, or who were found guilty of, felonies and misdemeanors.
  • Guidelines for County Intermediate Punishment (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.1). Guidelines to identify offenders who would be eligible and appropriate for participation in county intermediate punishment programs shall be considered by the sentencing court.
  • Guidelines for State Intermediate Punishment (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.2). Guidelines to identify offenders who would be appropriate for participation in State Intermediate Punishment programs to be considered by the attorney for the Commonwealth and the sentencing court in determining whether to commit a defendant for evaluation and whether to sentence to SIP.
  • Guidelines for Fines (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.3). Guidelines for fines or other lawful economic sanctions, within the limits established by law, shall be considered by the sentencing court in determining the appropriate sentence for defendants who plead guilty or nolo contendere to or who are found guilty of felonies and misdemeanors.
  • Guidelines for Resentencing (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.4). Guidelines will take into account factors considered in adopting the sentencing guidelines, the seriousness of the violation and the rehabilitative needs of the defendant and shall be considered by the court when resentencing an offender following revocation of probation, County Intermediate Punishment, or State Intermediate Punishment.
  • Guidelines for Parole (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.5). Guidelines shall be considered by PBPP and any other paroling entity when exercising its power to parole and reparole all persons sentenced by any court in this Commonwealth to imprisonment in any state or county penitentiary, prison, or penal institution.
  • Recommitment Ranges Following Revocation of Parole by PA Board of Probation and Parole (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2154.6). Recommitment ranges take into account the seriousness of the initial conviction offense, the level of seriousness of the violation and the rehabilitative needs of the defendant and shall be considered by PBPP when exercising its power to reparole, commit, and recommit for violations of parole.

 

See Statutes under Governance for details.

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