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Spring Edition of The Monitor

The Spring 2018 edition of The Monitor is available online.  This issue discusses Sentence Risk Assessment and the adopted 7th Edition Amendment 4 Supplement.  Findings from the 2018 Report to the Legislature on State Intermediate Punishment are highlighted.

Registration Open for Spring Sentencing Seminars

The Commission on Sentencing is offering a number of sentencing seminars this spring around the Commonwealth. More information, including dates and locations, are available in the Spring 2018 Seminar Brochure and on the registration form.

Register for Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing in Pennsylvania or Sentencing Updates online.

Commission Adopts Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines

On December 14, 2017, the Commission on Sentencing adopted a Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines.  This Supplement is published in the February 3, 2018 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


The Supplement addresses violations of 35 P.S. §780-113(a)(14) and (30) involving fentanyl and its derivatives and analogues.

If not rejected by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly, the Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines will be effective June 1, 2018.

Next Quarterly Commission Meeting: June 14, 2018

The next quarterly Commission meeting will be held on June 14, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m.; a policy meeting precedes the quarterly meeting, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and the quarterly Commission meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.  Both meetings are open to the public and will be  held at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue; Harrisburg, PA.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Dittman at 814-863-2797 or

Judicial Education Seminars - Sentence Risk Assessment

To update the court on the use of risk assessment at sentencing and to support offender case management supervision and community supervision, four regional judicial education seminars have been scheduled.  Seminars are free of charge to any Common Pleas judge who wishes to attend and sessions are approved for continuing judicial education credits.

Judges (Common Pleas Courts) may complete and submit the Registration Form.  Questions may be directed to Ryan Meyers and Nancy Xavios.

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