Promoting Fairer and more Uniform Sentencing Practice

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The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing announces the following special meetings to be held via Zoom for the purpose of selecting an executive director:

Monday, September 25, 2023 — 3:00 PM
Executive Session

Monday, September 25, 2023 — 3:15 PM via Zoom – To attend, register here.
Special Commission Meeting


The Commission is an agency of the General Assembly affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University and is seeking applications for:

Executive Director: The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, and in collaboration with two Deputy Directors, leads and manages the Commission consistent with the Commission’s enabling legislation and directives approved by the Commission. The Executive Director leads the Commission’s policy and legislative activities; is the primary point of contact with the leadership of the General Assembly, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the Governor’s Office, and other departments, agencies, and organizations, and with the media; builds strategic partnerships to advance Commission goals; directs a $3 million operating budget, including the preparation of an annual appropriation request and other funding requests; and engages with administrative units of the University to negotiate agreements, review procedures, and ensure compliance with relevant policies.

Business/Quality Analyst: The Business/Quality Analyst position will be primarily responsible for gathering and documenting business requirements for system enhancements, testing to ensure requirements have been satisfied and the application is functioning properly, and investigating system issues reported by users.
Click here for more information and to apply.



Please find below links to new guidelines for sentencing, resentencing, and recommitment adopted by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. The publication of these documents in the Pennsylvania Bulletin begins a 90-day review period by the General Assembly. The adopted guidelines will take effect January 1, 2024, unless rejected by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly.

Adopted 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines

Adopted Resentencing Guidelines, Amendment 2; Adopted New Resentencing Guidelines for 8th Edition Guidelines

Adopted State Parole Recommitment Ranges

This seminar will include a comprehensive explanation of the sentencing guidelines and focus extensively on the 8th Edition of Sentencing and Resentencing Guidelines. Specific topics will include sentencing levels, offense gravity scores, prior record scores, prior offense groups, and recommendations. This seminar will also include example cases and discussion of SGS Web to assist in developing a deeper understanding of the framework of the sentencing guidelines, as well as the practical application of its policies. This seminar is approved for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Please click here for more information and to register.  

The PA Commission on Sentencing held its Annual Planning meeting on Wednesday, September 13 and Policy Meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2023.  Meeting materials can be found here.

The Commission Quarterly Meeting was held on Thursday, September 14, 2023.  Meeting materials can be found here.