Session: 2019-2020

ACLU-PA Position: Opposes

Senate Bill 501 is one of a 3-bill package that is collectively referred to JRI II (Justice Reinvestment Initiative II). The ACLU-PA supports the other two bills -- SB 500 (Baker) and SB 502 (Bartolotta), but opposes SB 501, which would:

  • Reinstate mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses against minors
  • Impose a new mandatory period of parole for people serving a sentence of 4 to 8 years (or longer) of state incarceration, even if that person is not granted parole during their incarceration
  • Create an unconstitutional revocation procedure that allows courts to revoke probation and incarcerate someone without requisite due process protections
  • Excessively garnish wages and commissary accounts
  • Allow courts to revoke probation for vague threats to public safety
  • Establish problematic risk assessment procedures

SB 501 was signed by Governor Wolf on December 18, 2019 as Act 115 of 2019.


Senator Tom Killion


Signed by governor


2019 - 2020

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