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Abolish Life without Parole Minimize

House Bill 135 would abolish life without parole in Pennsylvania and extend parole eligibility to those sentenced to life imprisonment.

Few other nations authorize life without parole (LWOP). Only three European nations have laws permitting life sentences for which the only mechanism for release is executive clemency. There may be as few as 100 inmates serving LWOP in Europe. Additionally, many countries in Latin America and Asia do not have LWOP as part of their penal code. Even among those countries that do impose LWOP, the United States does so far more often than any other. Pennsylvania had the second highest LWOP population in the nation as of 2008.

All life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole. This means that individuals sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to reoffend. Those sentenced to LWOP in Pennsylvania also have no chance at release when they grow so ill or elderly they pose little to no risk to the public. Not only does this represent an injustice to an individual who is a model inmate despite having no chance at life outside of prison, but it also creates an avoidable expense for the corrections system – and the taxpayers who fund it – by incarcerating individuals longer than necessary.

My legislation permits an individual sentenced to life imprisonment under the laws of this Commonwealth to be considered for parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. It also extends parole eligibility retroactively to those sentenced prior to the effective date of the legislation. My bill creates no right to parole, so it will not allow our most dangerous inmates to go free. Our Board of Probation and Parole will continue to responsibly reject requests for parole from those who do not deserve it, or who present too great a safety risk to the public.  Representative Jason Dawkins


In the near future, I will introduce legislation (Senate Bill 942) that would make it possible for those sentenced to life imprisonment to eventually have an opportunity for parole in Pennsylvania.

All life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole. This means that individuals sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to re-offend. Those sentenced to life without parole in Pennsylvania also have no chance at release when they grow so ill or elderly they pose little to no risk to the public. Not only does this represent an injustice to an individual who is a model inmate despite having no chance at life outside of prison, but it also creates an avoidable expense for the corrections system – and the taxpayers who fund it – by incarcerating individuals longer than necessary.

This legislation, a companion bill to HB 135 introduced by State Representative Jason Dawkins, permits an individual sentenced to life imprisonment under the laws of this Commonwealth to be considered for parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. It also extends parole eligibility retroactively to those sentenced prior to the effective date of the legislation. The bill creates no right to parole, so it will not allow our most dangerous inmates to go free. The Commonwealth’s Board of Probation and Parole will continue to responsibly reject requests for parole from those who do not deserve it, or who present too great a safety risk to the public.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation so that we may give the Board of Probation and Parole discretion to consider the circumstances of each inmate serving a life sentence. If you have questions about this legislation, please contact my Policy Director, Micah Mahjoubian at mmahjoubian@pasenate.com.   


Senator Sharif Street

 


 
 
 
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Persons to contact:

DOC Secretary John Wetzel
19020 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
P | 717-728-2573
W | www.cor.pa.gov
E | ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov


Governor Tom Wolf
Governor’s Correspondence Office
508 Main Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

P | 717-787-3391   F | 717-772-8284


Attorney General Josh Shapiro
PO Box 22635
Philadelphia, PA 19110

P | 215-886-7376

Honorable Joseph A. Petrarca

Judiciary Minority Chair

State Representative

 239 Longfellow St.

Vandergrift, PA 15690

 

Honorable Ron Marsico

Judiciary Majority Chair

4401 Linglestown Rd Suite B,

Harrisburg, PA 17112

 

Honorable Dave Reed

Committee on Committees

550 Philadelphia Street

Indiana, PA  15701

 

Honorable Dom Costa

Judiciary Committee

6808 Greenwood Street

Suite 2

Pittsburgh, PA 15206


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