Transportation Questions



  • Q. A county held prisoner, through additional sentencing to another county prison, is to serve an aggregated sentence at the DOC. What paperwork will I receive to release the prisoner? Who's responsible for transporting and providing the paperwork to DOC?

    A. The answer is really that nothing changes from what you are doing now. The transportation provisions in the Act apply in situations where you have an inmate being transferred from a DOC facility to a county for a court appearance or something of that nature and not for when you have a commitment leaving the county jail and going to the DOC. In that case, the transportation provisions really wouldn’t apply. As far as the paperwork requirements, it really doesn’t change anything from what you are required to do now when you transfer the inmate to the DOC. What does change is what reaction the DOC can assume, if all the paper work isn’t transferred appropriately. There are some efforts underway to facilitate easier transport of paperwork through electronic means, but the agencies responsible are not here today and we really are not able to answer any more thoroughly than that. (Brinda Penyak)



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  • Q. State Department of Corrections was to establish a fee schedule for the new inmate court transport initiative, has that fee schedule been introduced, and if so, what are the costs to counties? (Not covered during webinar.)

    A. DOC is working on a standardized procedure, which should be completed in the near future. We will post this information when it becomes available. (Mary McDaniel)



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  • Q. Inmate transportation: Has a fee been set for transporting inmates back? (Not covered during webinar.)

    A. DOC is working on a standardized procedure which should be completed in the near future. We will post this information when it becomes available. (Mary McDaniel)



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  • Q. Who would a county prison contact to arrange for this to happen?

    A. DOC is working on a standardized procedure which should be completed in the near future. We will post this information when it becomes available. (Mary McDaniel)



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  • Q. Who will the PA DOC bill for transports to the closest SCI? (Not covered during webinar.)

    A. This is primarily a Sheriff’s Office function, not a County Corrections function. Currently, DOC is tracking its costs for prisoner transports done at the request of a county. DOC officials indicated that a standardized procedure will be finalized in the near future. (Mary McDaniel)



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  • Q. If a state prisoner comes to the county jail for an extended (multiple days) court appearance, can the Sheriff return and withdraw the prisoner from the closest SCI each day for court? (Not covered during webinar.)

    A. DOC is working on a standardized procedure which should be completed in the near future. We will post this information when it becomes available.

    Currently, DOC allows this procedure on an informal basis. However, keep in mind, there is no guarantee that prisoners will always be housed in the closest SCI facility (as sometimes the particular prisoner cannot be detained at the nearest facility due to prison population issues). (Mary McDaniel)



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