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Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision | Ensuring Public Safety for the 21st Century

Pennsylvania Parole Limits Retakings

Effective date 3/23/2020

Adopting Authority PA Secretary of Corrections, John Wetzel

Operations Affected Reporting Instructions, Transfer Requests, Retakings

Notice

For outgoing cases, PA will be limiting requests for reporting instructions to offenders who were living in the receiving state at the time of sentencing. Outgoing PA transfer requests will only be submitted for offenders who meet the definition of resident of the receiving state or for those who were granted reporting instructions.  There may be exceptions made, if exigent circumstances exist.  PA will issue return reporting instructions per compact rules.

For incoming cases, PA will issue reporting instructions for offenders who were living in PA at the time of sentencing.  PA will investigate transfer requests for offenders who meet the definition of resident per the compact or who were granted reporting instructions.  If a state is considering the submission of a case that falls outside these parameters, contact should be made with a PA interstate manager via email for review.  PA asks that states refrain from submitting any discretionary transfer requests at this time.  

Effective immediately, upon request from a receiving state, PA will only retake State Parole violators that:
•    Are under compact supervision for a violent offense or sex offense.
•    Are convicted of a new violent offense or sex offense while under supervision in a receiving state.
•    Have serious documented MH issues that cannot be managed through additional treatment or sanctioning in the receiving state.
•    Have absconded more than once

Contact Information

For further questions, contact Charles Eckert at ceckert@pa.gov or Margaret Thompson at mthompson@pa.gov