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The Commission will meet in Harrisburg to continue its work on a comprehensive review of Sentencing Guidelines as it works toward the 8th Edition.  Details will be forthcoming.

October 29, 2021 (9AM — 3PM)

December 8, 2021 (9AM — 4PM)

The Commission on Sentencing held a Policy Meeting Wednesday, September 8th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

It also held a Policy Meeting Thursday, September 9th starting at 9:00 a.m. The Quarterly Meeting began at approximately 11:00 a.m. Materials and recordings are available online.

On September 2, 2021, the Commission will deploy modifications to its JNET-based Sentencing Guideline Software (SGS Web) to accommodate updates related to the following: Amendment 6, Mandatory Probation Sentence for Certain Sexual Offenders, and Act 115 – Correctional Program Eligibility.

The 2021 December Commission meeting will be a hybrid meeting held on December 8 and 9 in Harrisburg, PA and via Zoom.

Details will be announced in the near future.

The Education and Outreach Unit has scheduled several Zoom seminars to include Sentencing Fundamentals, Sentencing Guideline Fundamentals, and Sentencing Commission Updates. To register for a virtual seminar, use the links listed below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

3-hour seminars have been scheduled to overview sentencing fundamentals and sentencing guidelines fundamentals. In an in-person setting, these two topics would be covered in a one-day training. Due to the virtual nature, they have been scheduled over two days. Individuals can register for one or both seminars. The seminars are intended for individuals who need to be familiar with and understand general sentencing structures and statutes and for those required to calculate the sentencing guidelines.

Sentencing Fundamentals (Monday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sentencing Guidelines Fundamentals (Tuesday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Sentencing Fundamentals (Thursday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sentencing Guidelines Fundamentals (Friday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Sentencing Fundamentals (Monday, Monday November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sentencing Guidelines Fundamentals (Tuesday November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

The Education and Outreach Unit has scheduled 1-hour seminars to overview recent amendments to the sentencing and resentencing guidelines as well as highlight proposals being considered and developed by the Commission on Sentencing.

Sentencing Commission Update (Thursday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Sentencing Commission Update (Friday November 12, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

A new educational video is available on the Commission’s YouTube channel: Amendment 6 to the 7th Edition Sentencing Guidelines.

To view the video, click here.