Education & Outreach

Seminar Information

Seminar Information

The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will be conducting training sessions over the course of the next several months at various locations throughout the Commonwealth on the newly adopted 8th Edition of Sentencing and Resentencing Guidelines. If you would like to schedule a session, please reach out to Robert J. Sisock, Education and Outreach Manager at or call 717.725.0293. 

The Commission devotes significant resources to educational programs in sentencing, the application of sentencing guidelines, and specific topics for court professionals, legislative members and staff, and others working in the criminal justice system. The Commission offers seminars approved for credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Judicial Education Board (PACJEB) and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (PACLE), and collaborates with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), county bar associations, and other county and state agencies to provide education on sentencing and the guidelines.

Please check this page or visit the Commission Calendar for upcoming dates and for registration. At this time, posted seminars will be held remotely, via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.


Sentencing Fundamentals

This seminar will provide an overview of the basics of sentencing in Pennsylvania and will focus on sentence structure and sentencing related statutes. Some of the topics that will be covered are minimum/maximum penalties, place of confinement and JRI-II.

8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines Foundations

This seminar focuses on the all-new integrated suite of sentencing guidelines taking effect January 1, 2024. Attendees will develop a basic understanding of the 8th Edition Sentencing and Resentencing Guidelines and will acquaint themselves with the practical application of the new framework. Topics covered will include prior record score, offense gravity score, sentencing enhancements, sentencing levels, offense-specific recommendations, judicial proceeding considerations, updates to SGS Web, and the future deployment of a new sentencing guidelines application. This 3-hour session is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) credits.


SGS Web Application Overview

This seminar will provide an overview of the Commission on Sentencing’s Sentencing Guidelines Software (SGS Web) to include a description of the application’s various modules and flow of cases, an explanation of user roles, and a summary of available data reports. CLE credits will not be provided for this seminar.

Sentencing Commission Related Updates

This seminar will highlight Amendment 6 to the 7th Edition Sentencing Guidelines and Amendment 1 to the Resentencing Guidelines as well as highlight proposals being considered and developed by the Commission on Sentencing.

Requesting Seminars

Commission staff are available to provide trainings/seminars on topics upon request (e.g., sentencing guidelines, Commission updates, risk assessment, and SGS Web). Topics and time frames can be tailored to fit the needs of your agency. For information regarding requested trainings/seminars, please contact: Robert Sisock, Manager,; Office: 717.772.1819; Cell: 717.725.0293.

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