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The Center Square on 10/19/2021 by Christen Smith
(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania senators agreed Tuesday to send a bill that reforms punishments for probation violations to the chamber floor.
Senate Bill 913 advanced out of the Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote. The proposal makes probation violation punishments uniform across the state and reconsiders incarceration as punishment for minor infractions.
“Probation is supposed to be a pathway out of the criminal justice system,” said Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington. “Instead, our state is adding more and more people to the community supervision, and they are getting stuck there.”