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.

Sponsors

Senator Tom Killion

Status

Signed by governor

Session

2019 - 2020

Bill number

Position

Oppose

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