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Old 05-27-2012, 11:41 AM
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Default New Early Release Laws in Pennsylvania ??

Spoke with my son today who's been hearing PA is changing the Early Release program. Somethng about there won't be any early release to halfway houses and you won't be able to file for early release 18 months prior to your minimum date. I tried to find something on google about it but found nothing. If anyone has heard anything please post it...Thanks !
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:09 PM
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gov. corbett is pushing a new law thru he hopes in the next 3 weeks. and yes it will end early release to free up more spaces at hwhs for parolees and end the backlog and hopfully more people thru more quickly , reducing prison population and cutting costs . google gov. corbett and prison it should come up.
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I'm wondering how this will affect inmates who have applied for pre-release and are waiting for a decision. Thanks!
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My son applied for pre release awhile ago like maybe 3 or 4 months ago, just got called into his counselor's office this morning and has been granted pre release, waiting for a bed date now!!!
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My hubby mentioned to me that he was told halfway houses are not accepting anyone with over 12 months left to go.
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Has anyone heard any new information on this? I was told they are doing away with halfway houses. The budget was passed but im still confused as to what the new policies will be for inmates. Will they just get parolled from jail straight home or will they have to meet their minimum and get parolled to a halfway house? Thanx for the input.
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Under the new law, there will be no more pre-release in the DOC. All inmates must serve their minimum term in prison and then be considered for parole.

The halfway house system (CCCs and CCFs) will be used strictly for parolees. It is hoped that the availability of more beds (freed up by ending pre-release) will lead to faster re-entry of parolees through the halfway houses. Time will tell.

The transition will take place in 2013. Until then, pre-release admissions will only be made for those whose minimum term expires by May. Therefore, by May of 2013, the centers will be for parolees only.
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