Corrections Reform Package (Act 81)



On September 25, 2008, Governor Rendell signed into law four bills (
House Bills 4-7) commonly referred to as the “Prison Package.”  These acts substantially change a number of existing prison-related laws. Specifically, there are substantial changes relating to place-of-confinement, aggregation, work release, early parole, parole jurisdiction, compassionate release, State Intermediate Punishment, prisoner information, and prisoner transportation.
 
Although these provisions have varying effective dates (60 days, 120 days, and 3 years), there are some key provisions that have taken effect and require various criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders to adjust current practices.
 
A comprehensive summary of the Prison Package, New Requirements for Criminal Justice Stakeholders, and the actual bills that comprise the Prison Package (Acts 81-84 of 2008) are provided below:
 
 
 
 
 
Some of the major provisions of the Prison Package include:
 
Sentencing and Reform Legislation (ppt)
(A PowerPoint Presentation that was shared at recent CJAB forums on the Corrections Reform Package.)
Notice: 
The information contained on the PA Corrections Package portion of this Web site is made available to the public by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).  These documents, however, are the property and responsibility of the parties referenced below.  Any questions regarding these documents should be referred to the respective authors.  
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
(Contact:  Sarah V. Hart, sarah.hart@phila.gov)
PA Prison Society
(Contact:  Ann Schwartzman, aschwartzman@prisonsociety.org)
Office of State Representative Kathy Manderino
(Contact:  Mary McDaniel, mmcdanie@pahouse.net)
PA Commission on Sentencing
(Contact:  Mark H. Bergstrom, mhb105@psu.edu)
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania 
(Contact:  Brinda Penyak, bpenyak@pacounties.org)
Office of Victim Advocate
(Contact:  Carol Lavery, clavery@pa.gov)