Pa. Gov. Shapiro signs probation reforms spurred by Philly rapper Meek Mill’s imprisonment

BY: - December 15, 2023

The legislation, passed this week in the state House and Senate, limits when a person serving probation can be sent to prison for technical violation

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Advocates push for legislation to reform Pennsylvania’s probation system

BY: - September 26, 2023

A group of community organizations has sent a joint letter of support to lawmakers in Harrisburg, urging the passage of legislation which would make changes to Pennsylvania’s probation system. Senate bill 838 passed the state Senate 45-4 and was unanimously advanced by the House Judiciary Committee in June. It would require courts to hold probation […]

Justice reform groups say bill could make probation ‘hamster wheel’ worse

BY: - August 13, 2023

[*This article was updated at 12:09 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 to include a statement from the REFORM Alliance.] Civil rights and anti-prison groups say a probation reform bill awaiting a vote in the state House would only complicate Pennsylvania’s probation system and could lead to more people being sentenced to jail terms. The legislation, […]

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Pa.’s probation reform bill actually weaponizes it | Michael Coard

BY: - July 9, 2023

Yes, there's an urgent need to fix a flawed system. This equally flawed bill isn't it.

‘Long time coming’: Pa. Senate passes probation reform bill | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 28, 2023

The bipartisan bill now heads to the state House.

He got caught up in the probation system. Why a new fix could help | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 23, 2023

A long-sought probation reform bill cleared a Senate committee on Thursday.

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New probation guidelines for people living with substance use disorder a promising start | Opinion

BY: - June 11, 2023

Instead of punishment, the change offers treatment and hope

Report: Pa. ranks 13th nationwide for mass punishment | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 19, 2023

The new data comes as policymakers are set to try again on probation reform.

Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo

BY: - April 27, 2022

The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.


An Open Letter to Meek Mill: Pa. needs real probation reform | Opinion

BY: - January 27, 2022

We need real probation reform. The bill now before the General Assembly isn't it.

Pa. Senate approves bill reforming probation system, sends to House for consideration

BY: - December 16, 2021

The proposal, authored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, would establish mandatory review conferences, guidelines for sending a nonviolent offender on probation to jail.

Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

Some Pa. counties aren’t waiting on Harrisburg to reform their probation rules | Opinion

BY: - May 21, 2021

As it turns out, the state Legislature has another chance to do the right thing and reform probation in 2021.