Education and Outreach

Seminar Information

Seminar Information

The Commission devotes significant resources to provide educational programs on sentencing, the application of sentencing guidelines, and other specific topics for court professionals, legislative members and staff, and other criminal justice practitioners. Most seminars offered are approved for credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education Board (PACJEB) and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (PACLE). The Commission also collaborates with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), county bar associations, and other county and state agencies to provide educational opportunities. Available seminars are listed below. Questions related to these offerings may be directed to Education and Outreach Manager Robert J. Sisock.

eLearning modules can be found under eLearning and Media.

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8th Edition Prior Record Score Workshop

This interactive 1.5-hour seminar is focused on prior record score (PRS) for 8th Edition offenses. Highlights include discussion of lapsing provisions, selection of prior offense group (POG), and determination of the PRS category. The presenter and attendees will work through example cases to demonstrate the application of PRS provisions for the 8th Edition.

8th Edition Offense Gravity Score, Enhancements, and Sentencing Levels

This 1-hour seminar is focused on offense gravity score (OGS), enhancements, and sentencing levels for 8th Edition offenses. Highlights include OGS assignments, omnibus OGS policy, enhancements and the application of enhancements, and new sentencing levels linked to sentencing alternatives.

SGS Web Update

This 1-hour seminar, hosted by members of the Education and Outreach Unit assigned to the SGS Web Help Desk, will include an introduction and overview of changes to SGS Web related to 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines, followed by an opportunity for attendees to raise related questions.

Introduction to Sentencing in PA

This 1.5-hour seminar provides an introduction to sentencing in Pennsylvania. Topics include Pennsylvania’s statutory framework, minimum and maximum penalties, grading of offenses, available sentencing alternatives, and an overview of the sentencing and resentencing guidelines.

Commission News

This 1-hour seminar highlights timely and frequently asked questions related to the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines and its complementary suite of guidelines (resentencing guidelines, State parole guidelines, State parole recommitment ranges). A variety of topics may be covered at a high-level pertaining to sentencing-related statute and the application of sentencing guidelines. Additional topics may include recently enacted legislation and case law.

Advanced PRS Workshop (for 8th Edition)

This interactive 2-hour (Zoom) workshop uses a set of example cases that focus on the determination of PRS for cases with complex criminal histories. To attend this workshop, you must have previously completed the 8th Edition Prior Record Score Workshop.

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