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PCS News


A correction to § 303a.13(b) of the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 9th, 2024. The Commission materials posted for 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines reflect the correction, which will be codified in the June 2024 Code Supplement.

Visit the Pennsylvania Bulletin (Volume 54 Number 10) or view the correction under Adopted 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines.

The PA Commission on Sentencing held meetings on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Commission Meeting materials can be found here.
Policy Meeting materials can be found here.

SGS Web now supports the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines – To assist current users with recognizing and navigating what is new, the Education and Outreach Unit released an eLearning module: Implementing the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines, highlighting the important changes and new features for 8th Edition. Users are encouraged to review the course before working in SGS Web. Newer users are invited to watch this introduction to SGS Web and then complete the module.

SGS Web support is available via the SGS Web Help Desk, and new SGS Web Update seminars start in March 2024.

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Two recently published reports are now available:

Short Sentence Parole Report (SSP): presents an evaluation of the implementation, recidivistic outcomes, and effectiveness of the SSP program during its first two-plus years of operation.

2020-2021 Annual Report: This special edition addresses the sentences imposed during calendar years 2020 and 2021, the activities of the Commission during this period, and the impact of COVID-19 on sentencing practices in Pennsylvania.

Visit Reports & Publications to view these and other items.