ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
Pennsylvania's probation system is archaic and excessively punitive. As one of a handful of states that doesn't limit the amount of time someone can be sentenced to probation, Pennsylvania's system is in desperate need of fundamental, structural reform.
Unfortuntately, SB 913 not only fails to meaningfully reform our broken probation system, it changes current law in ways that risk making probation worse in Pennsylvania by making it easier for judges to incarcerate people after revoking their probation and allowing judges to keep people on probation indefinitely, including those who are too poor to pay their restitution in full. Its only solution to reducing time on probation is a convoluted and exclusionary process to terminate probation early—an outcome far easier to attain under current law.