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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.

Commission's 2018 Report to the Legislature on SIP Now Available

By statute, the Commission on Sentencing must monitor and evaluate the SIP program, submitting a report to the legislature on even-numbered years. The 2018 Report to the Legislature is now available online.

Among the findings:

  • After three years, 37% of the SIP completers recidivated, compared to 64% of those who were expelled and 51% of those who were eligible for SIP but sentenced to prison instead.
  • When controlling for other factors, offenders who completed SIP were significantly less likely to recidivate than offenders sentenced to prison, and offenders who were expelled from SIP were significantly more likely to recidivate than those who completed SIP or those who went to prison.
  • Offenders were also more likely to recidivate if they had been convicted of a property offense (compared to a drug delivery or DUI offense), had a greater number of prior arrests, were male, non-white, and were younger.


The complete report and previous reports are available online.

Vacancy Announcement - Sentencing Policy Specialist

The Commission on Sentencing is accepting applications for a Sentencing Policy Specialist.  See job description.

Application must be made through The Pennsylvania State University via

The Commission is a legislative agency located within the Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice Department at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park).  The Commission has offices on the University Park campus and in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.   This position will be based in Harrisburg and focus on the eastern region of the state, with an emphasis on Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.  Commission staff members are employees of The Pennsylvania State University and receive the University benefits package.

Next Quarterly Commission Meeting: March 8, 2018

The next quarterly Commission meeting will be held on March 8, 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

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