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Home Plan Investigations

How is a home plan investigated?

The assigned parole agent from the PA Board of Probation and Parole (board) will visit with the proposed home provider, in person, at the residence being offered.
 
The agent will give the home provider a copy of the brochure What Offenders and Their Families Need to Know. (pdf)
 
The agent will review the home provider agreement letter with the proposed home provider, and have the home provider sign the form. It is very important for the home provider to be available to meet with the agent. Unanswered phone calls and a refusal to respond to business cards left in the door in a timely manner will result in a home plan rejection.
 
The agent will obtain input from local police, neighbors and other community members, and he or she will determine the availability of community resources to assist with reentry.
 
The following information will be recorded on a checklist by the agent:
  • A business card was given to the home provider.
  • The general conditions of parole and possible special conditions for the parolee were reviewed with the home provider.
  • The offense which the parolee is currently convicted of will be disclosed to the proposed home provider. Information disclosed is limited to public information.
  • The procedure for the parolee changing his residence was explained.
  • The proposed home provider restrictions regarding possessing firearms and other weapons and implications for home suitability were explained.
  • The agency’s right to conduct warrantless searches of the approved residence was explained.
  • The home provider was informed of the location and hours of the field parole office.
  • The home provider was informed that staff may conduct visits to the residence outside of the normal business hours.
  • The home plan provider was informed of the PBPP’s policy statement on domestic violence and was given a copy of the brochure What Offenders and Their Families Need to Know. (pdf)
  • Staff has determined the availability of a telephone in the residence and noted in the summary any lack of telephone access due to special features or Internet access.
  • The possibility of electronic monitoring restrictions was reviewed with the home provider.
  • Staff has listed all residents, their age, relationship to the offender, any source of income and any criminal record, for each.
  • Staff has toured the entire proposed residence and determined: Any circumstances that would place the parole supervision staff in danger such as dangerous dogs; the physical condition as far as habitability, including sleeping arrangements; any sources of conflict that may preclude approving the residence; and the number of exits of the home
  • The responsibilities the home provider expects from the offender such as paying for rent, room, board, and any rules to which the parolee must comply.
  • Whether the home provider is renting or leasing the residence. If so, staff must obtain the landlord’s name, telephone number, and address and ask to see the lease.
  • If the plan is being submitted for investigation without employment, there must be verification of the availability of other forms of financial support such as family support, Social Security or disability benefits.

Factors That Could Result in Home Plan Rejections

Section 8 or other public housing sometimes does not permit parolees who were not previously on the lease in their housing units.
 
Proposed residence has weapons or animals such as large dogs that provider is unwilling or unable to remove during the period of supervision.
 
Proposed residence is not conducive to the reentry of a sex offender with minor victim(s) because it is too close to a place children gather.
 
Proposed residence does not have adequate sleeping accommodations to provide for the parolee.
 
The proposed home provider does not acknowledge parolee did anything wrong and thus will not provide a positive reentry atmosphere.
 

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