§ 303.12. Guideline sentence recommendations: sentencing programs.
(a) County intermediate punishment (CIP).
(i) The following regulations and statutes govern operation of and eligibility for county intermediate punishment programs:
37 Pa. Code § 451.1 et seq.
42 Pa.C.S. § 9763, § 9773 and Chapter 98
204 Pa. Code § 303.8 and § 303.9
(ii) Sentence recommendations which include an option of County Intermediate Punishment for certain offenders are designated in the guideline matrices.
(2) The county intermediate punishment plan provides a mechanism to advise the court of the extent and availability of services and programs authorized in the county. This plan includes information on the appropriate classification and use of county programs based on program-specific requirements.
(3) County intermediate punishments classifications. In order to incorporate county intermediate punishment programs into the sentencing levels, the Commission has classified county intermediate punishment programs as Restrictive Intermediate Punishments (RIP) and restorative sanction programs. Additionally, specific county intermediate punishment programs have been identified in legislation (42 Pa.C.S. § § 9763(c) and 9804(b)) and regulation (37 Pa. Code § 451.52) as authorized sentences for convictions relating to Operating a Watercraft Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance and Illegally Operating a Motor Vehicle Not Equipped with Ignition Interlock; the Commission has classified these programs as Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishments.
(4) Restrictive Intermediate Punishments (RIP). Restrictive Intermediate Punishments are defined as programs that provide for strict supervision of the offender. The county intermediate punishment board is required to develop assessment and evaluation procedures to assure the appropriate targeting of offenders. All programs must meet the minimum standards provided in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency regulations (37 Pa. Code Chapter 451) for county intermediate punishments.
(i) Restrictive Intermediate Punishments (RIP) either:
(A) house the offender full or part time; or
(B) significantly restrict the offenders movement and monitor the offenders compliance with the program(s); or
(C) involve a combination of programs that meet the standards set forth above.
(ii) An offender under consideration for Restrictive Intermediate Punishments at Level 4 or Level 3 shall have a diagnostic assessment of dependency on alcohol or other drugs conducted by one of the following: the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs or a designee; the county authority on drugs and alcohol or a designee; or clinical personnel of a facility licensed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
(iii) An offender assessed to be dependent shall be evaluated for purposes of a treatment recommendation by one of the above listed assessors. The evaluation shall take into account the level of motivation of the offender. If sentenced to a Restrictive Intermediate Punishment, the sentence shall be consistent with the level of care and length of stay prescribed in the treatment recommendation, regardless of the standard range sentencing recommendation.
(iv) An offender assessed as not in need of drug or alcohol treatment may be placed in any approved Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program. Each day of participation in a Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program or combination of programs shall be considered the equivalent of one day of total confinement for guideline sentence recommendations.
(v) The court may impose a Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment in lieu of incarceration for certain convictions under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802 (relating to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance).
(5) Restorative sanction programs. Restorative sanction programs are the least restrictive, non-confinement intermediate punishments. Restorative sanction programs are generally used in conjunction with Restrictive Intermediate Punishments as the level of supervision is reduced, but may also be used as separate sanctions under any of the non-confinement sentencing alternatives provided in the statute (see § 303.9(f)).
(i) Restorative sanction programs:
(A) are the least restrictive in terms of constraint of offenders liberties;
(B) do not involve the housing of the offender (either full or part time); and
(C) focus on restoring the victim to pre-offense status.
(6) Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishments. In accordance with 42 Pa.C.S. § § 9763(c), 9804(b) and 37 Pa. Code § 451, Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment programs may be used to satisfy the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements of certain convictions under 30 Pa.C.S. § 5502(c.1) for a first, second or third offense under 30 Pa.C.S. § 5502, 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b), former 75 Pa.C.S. § 3731, 75 Pa.C.S. § 3804 for a first, second or third offense under 75 Pa.C.S. Chapter 38, or 75 Pa.C.S. § 3808(a)(2) Illegally Operating a Motor Vehicle Not Equipped with Ignition Interlock.
(i) Unless otherwise provided in statute, Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment programs include:
(A) if the offender is determined to be in need of drug and alcohol treatment, and receives a penalty imposed under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b), former 75 Pa.C.S. § 3731, 75 Pa.C.S. § 3804, or 75 Pa.C.S. § 3808(a)(2) a sentence to county intermediate punishment shall include participation in drug and alcohol treatment under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3815(c), and may be combined with:
1. a residential inpatient program or residential rehabilitative center;
2. house arrest with electronic surveillance;
3. a partial confinement program such as work release, a work camp or a halfway facility; or
4. any combination of Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment programs.
(B) if the offender is determined not to be in need of drug and alcohol treatment, or if the defendant receives a penalty imposed under 30 Pa.C.S. § 5502(c.1), a sentence to county intermediate punishment may only include:
1. house arrest with electronic surveillance; or
2. partial confinement programs such as work release, a work camp or a halfway facility; or
3. any combination of Qualified Restrictive Intermediate Punishment programs.
(b) State Motivational Boot Camp (BC).
(i) The following statute governs operation of and eligibility for the State Motivational Boot Camp: 61 Pa.C.S. Chapter 39.
(ii) Sentence recommendations which include boot camp eligible offenders are designated by the letters BC in the cells of the Basic Sentencing Matrix (§ 303.16(a)).
(2) The court shall indicate on the offenders commitment order and the Guideline Sentence Form if the offender is authorized as eligible for the boot camp program. The Department of Corrections makes the final determination as to whether the offender will be accepted into the boot camp program.
(c) State Intermediate Punishment (SIP).
(i) The following statute governs operation of and eligibility for State Intermediate Punishment: 61 Pa.C.S. Chapter 41.
(ii) Any person convicted of a drug-related offense for which the sentence recommendation includes total confinement in a state facility may be considered for state intermediate punishment.
(2) The court may, upon motion of the Commonwealth, commit an offender to the custody of the Department of Corrections for the purpose of evaluating whether the offender would benefit from a drug offender treatment program and whether treatment in a drug offender treatment program is appropriate.
(3) Upon receipt of a recommendation for placement in a drug offender treatment program and an individualized treatment plan from the Department of Corrections, and agreement of the attorney for the Commonwealth, the court may sentence an eligible offender to a period of 24 months of state intermediate punishment.
(4) The court may impose a consecutive period of probation. The total duration of a sentence of state intermediate punishment and consecutive probation may not exceed the maximum term for which the eligible offender could otherwise be sentenced.
The provisions of this § 303.12 adopted February 15, 1994, effective August 12, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 2483; amended March 14, 1997, effective June 13, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 1252; amended February 9, 2005, effective June 3, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 1508; amended September 5, 2008, effective December 5, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 4971; amended September 13, 2012, effective December 28, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 6072; amended June 6, 2013, effective September 27, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 3655. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (364234) to (364237).
Notes of Decisions
When the county had designated alternative housing as intermediate punishment, the trial court could not sentence appellant to alternative housing for a crime which carries a mandatory minimum sentence. Commonwealth v. Koskey, 812 A.2d 509 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2002).
Home Confinement with Electronic Monitoring
Individual released on bail pending appeal not considered in custody for purposes of awarding credit toward prison sentence for time spent subject to home confinement with electronic monitoring. Commonwealth v. Kyle, 874 A.2d 12, 13 (Pa. 2005).
This section cited in 204 Pa. Code § 303.2 (relating to procedure for determining the guideline sentence); 204 Pa. Code § 303.9 (relating to guideline sentence recommendation: general); and 204 Pa. Code § 303.11 (relating to guideline sentence recommendation: sentencing levels).
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