Under the authority granted to him by the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Emergency Management Services Code, Governor Tom Wolf today ordered Department of Corrections officials to establish a Temporary Program to Reprieve Sentences of Incarceration to help aid the department in the transfer of qualifying individuals to community corrections facilities or home confinement amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can reduce our non-violent prison population and leave fewer inmates at risk for contracting COVID-19 while maintaining public safety with this program,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am pleased to direct the Department of Corrections to begin the process to release vulnerable and non-violent inmates at or nearing their release dates in an organized way that maintain supervision post-release and ensures home and health care plans are in place for all reentrants.”
This on-demand video will discuss:
- The limited avenues for release of prisoners under current Pennsylvania statutes and sentencing laws.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections response to prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state’s prisons, including addressing prisoner health needs, proposed legislation providing a mechanism for the release of inmates to reduce the prison population.
- An examination of Gov. Wolf’s Temporary Program to Reprieve Sentences of Incarceration Executive Order and the status of its implementation.
- Limitations for sentenced inmates released pursuant to the Reprieve as it relates to the calculation of time served.
- Release measures being implemented in county jails.
- Considerations for attorneys with incarcerated clients considered “high-risk” for contracting the virus who want to pursue judicial avenues for relief.
Recorded on May 4, 2020.