Act 18 of 2000
Revised Megan’s Law to reflect our Supreme Court’s constitutional concerns expressed in Commonwealth v. Williams. The Sexual Offenders Assessment Board was created, replacing the State Board to Assess Sexually Violent Predators.
Act 86 of 2000
Applied victim’s rights through the Office of Victim Advocate to crimes committed by juveniles. Required the return of property to victims once it was no longer needed for prosecution. Raised the required crime victims’ fee to be paid by inmates to $40.00.
Act 98 of 2000
Made sex offenders ineligible for parole unless their minimum prison sentence had been completed, they had participated in a Department of Corrections program of counseling and therapy for sex offenders, and they agreed to comply with any special conditions of parole for sex offender counseling.
Act 30 of 2001
Provided for additional responsibilities and new members to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, including the Chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole.
Act 46 of 2001
Required the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to prepare a prison population impact analysis of any bill at the request of any legislative committee chairman within 45 days of that request in consultation with the Department of Corrections, the Board of Probation and Parole, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.
Act 90 of 2001
Increased penalties for tampering with victims, witnesses, and jurors.
Act 108 of 2001
Amended the Parole Act to require the membership of at least one Chief County Probation Officer on the Board’s Advisory Committee on Probation.
Act 56 of 2002
Replaces the former Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders with a new one. Pennsylvania was the 35th State to enact the new Compact, which put it into force nationwide.
Act 57 of 2002
Reestablished the State DNA Data Bank with an expanded list of crimes that require the drawing of a DNA sample prior to inmate release. Required those incarcerated on the effective date of the Act to comply regardless of when their sentences began. Authorized duly authorized law enforcement and corrections personnel to use reasonable force to obtain a DNA sample.
Act 84 of 2002
Amended 18 Pa.C.S. § 4957 (Protection of Employment of Crime Victims and Witnesses) to include victim’s families, as defined in Section 103 of the Crime Victims Act, rather than just victims and witnesses, as previous law held. Section 4957 prohibits employers from depriving an employee of his employment, seniority position or benefits, or threatening or otherwise coercing him with respect thereto, because the employee attends court by reason of being a victim of, or a witness to, a crime.
Act 85 of 2002
Created the Office of Victim’s Services within the PCCD and made several revisions to victim-related rights and services, including applicability to crimes committed against a person outside of the United States, an expanded list of expenses eligible for reimbursement, and the establishment of a victim’s right to have input prior to an offender’s sentence to Boot Camp. Raised the required crime victims payment fee by inmates to $60.00.
Act 86 of 2002
Authorized victims of childhood sexual abuse to initiate civil proceedings against the alleged offender up to 12 years after the victim turns 18, regardless of whether a criminal complaint is filed. The Act also authorized the initiation of criminal proceedings up to twelve years after the offense occurred when the charge is Rape, Statutory Sexual Assault, IDSI, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Incest, or Sexual Abuse of Children.
Act 109 of 2002
Provided for post-conviction DNA testing at the inmate’s request under certain circumstances.
Act 121 of 2002
Amended the Crime Victim's Act to authorize the presentation of oral and videotaped testimony prior to a release decision and authorized victims or their representatives to provide testimony to members of the Parole Board and/or hearing examiners by conference call. Prior law required statements to be presented in written form or in-person.
Act 127 of 2002
Encouraged greater restraint by the media regarding the identities and addresses of victims and witnesses who are minors and expanded Megan’s Law offender registration reporting responsibilities to the State Police to include offenders’ places of employment and education. Under prior law, offenders were only required to report where they resided.
Act 144 of 2002
Authorized awards under the Crime Victims Act to those who file civil actions against an offender via a Protection from Abuse Order, whereas prior law restricted awards to only those who filed criminal complaints.
Act 146 of 2002
Established the Targeted Community Revitalization and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee to assist the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency with crime prevention and revitalization efforts in Weed and Seed-targeted communities. This law named the Chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole as a member of the advisory committee.
Act 215 of 2002
Authorizes Board to access juvenile criminal records and provides for the immunity of State parole officers who have pre-approval from their supervisors for specific operations while assisting other criminal justice agencies in the lawful performance of their duties. Also specified that State parole agents are acting within the scope of their official duties while they are providing assistance to crime victims.
Act 21 of 2003
Imposes duties on the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and others relating to the involuntary civil commitment of certain sexually violent persons (juveniles) after they otherwise would be required to be released by law due to reaching adulthood.
Act 24 of 2003
Revised the state’s DUI law (Chapter 38 of Title 75, Vehicle Code). This law created a three-tier penalty system based on B.A.C. and prior offenses, reduces the per se B.A.C. level from .10 to .08, requires ignition interlock on second offense DUI’s, increases the look-back period for prior offenses from seven years to ten years, and changes the way paroling authority is exercised over DUI offenders.
Act 61 of 2003
Clarified that the civil immunity conferred on State parole agents and county probation officers under Act 215 of 2002 also applies when assisting federal agents and all other law enforcement officers.
Act 152 of 2004
Provides for a number of amendments to Megan’s Law. This act established new penalties for offenders who fail to properly register under Megan’s Law; gives the public access to the name, county, zip code, and photograph of every registered sexual offender via the Internet; gives the pubic access to the address of all residences and work places of sexually violent predators via the Internet; requires all members of “common interest communities” to be notified when a sexually violent predator moves into the community; requires the Attorney General to perform an annual performance audit of Megan’s Law compliance by a number of state agencies; and requires the State Police to notify local law enforcement agencies when registered offenders move from on municipality to another.
Act 176 of 2004
This bill provides for revisions to the public availability of juvenile criminal records and amends standards for discharging a person confined under Act 21 of 2003, relating to sexually violent delinquent children being held in civil confinement beyond the age of majority.
Act 177 of 2004
Amends the DUI law. Two “technical” amendments clarified DUI-related parole decision-making and supervision issues that had been unclear. The first amendment of interest removes nearly all of the maximum sentences that were specifically imposed under Act 24. The second amendment creates a new requirement that “The sentencing judge shall declare his intention to retain parole authority and supervision at the time of sentencing in cases in which he would not otherwise have parole authority and supervision.”
Act 185 of 2004
Requires persons convicted of any felony offense or certain misdemeanor sex offenses who are currently incarcerated or on probation or parole for a current or past felony or misdemeanor sex offense to submit a DNA sample to the State’s DNA database. Previously, only certain violent offenders and sex offenders were required to submit DNA samples. Act 185 also authorizes the prosecution of an offense one year after DNA evidence identifies a perpetrator if the statute of limitation would have otherwise expired.
Act 233 of 2004
Requires county prisons to supply inmates going to State or county probation or parole with a supply of current medications and any customary and necessary medical supplies.
Act 30 of 2005
Creates the offense of “Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer.” A person commits the offense of disarming a law enforcement officer if he: without lawful authorization, removes or attempts to remove a firearm, rifle, shotgun or weapon from the person of a law enforcement officer or corrections officer, or deprives a law enforcement officer or corrections officer of the use of a firearm, rifle, shotgun or weapon, when the officer is acting within the scope of the officer's duties; and he has reasonable cause to know or knows that the individual is a law enforcement officer or corrections officer. This offense is graded a felony of the third degree and is found in § 5104.1 of the Crimes Code, 18 Pa. C.S. § 5104.1.
Act 59 of 2005
Revises the “Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act.” Parole supervision staff who qualify as peace officers have been covered by this Act since its inception. Under the 2005 amendments, the death benefit was raised from $50,000 to $100,000 (to be adjusted for inflation every year.) The amendments also extended the benefit to encompass a fatal heart attack or stroke while on duty or not later than 24 hours after participating in a physical training exercise or responding to an emergency.
Act 79 of 2005
“The Retired Law Enforcement Officer Identification Act.” This law establishes state procedures to carry out the federal “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.” In tandem, these laws allow certain retired and active duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms across state lines, provided they possess proper, agency-issued identification and ongoing firing range certification.