MEDIA ADVISORY Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing in Philadelphia on Determinate Sentencing

For Immediate Release

On Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the concept of determinate sentencing.  Currently, Pennsylvania has an indeterminate sentencing system.  An offender in Pennsylvania receives a minimum sentence and maximum sentence and becomes eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence.  Some states and the federal government have determinate sentencing systems in which an offender receives a sentence for a set number of years.  Determinate sentencing systems often include “earned time” in which a sentence may be shortened for good behavior.  The committee will hear testimony on the advantages and disadvantages of each sentencing system.

WHO: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee and Witnesses

WHAT: Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing

WHERE: Philadelphia Bar Association
11th Floor Conference Center
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHEN: Thursday, April 25
10:00 a.m.
Hearing should conclude around noon.

Witness List:

  • 10:00 a.m. Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, Chairman
    Senator Michael J. Stack
  • 10:10 a.m. The Honorable Benjamin Lerner, Judge
  • 10:30 a.m. The Honorable Craig W. Stedman, District Attorney, Lancaster County
  • 10:50 a.m. Michael C. Potteiger, Chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
  • 11:10 a.m. Andy Hoover, Legislative Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • 11:30 a.m. Michele McCants
  • 11:50 a.m. Anthony Dickerson


Aaron Zappia
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