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Registration Open for Spring Sentencing Seminars

The Commission on Sentencing is offering a number of sentencing seminars this spring around the Commonwealth. More information, including dates and locations, are available in the Spring 2018 Seminar Brochure and on the registration form.

Register for Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing in Pennsylvania or Sentencing Updates online.

Commission Adopts Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines

On December 14, 2017, the Commission on Sentencing adopted a Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines.  This Supplement is published in the February 3, 2018 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


The Supplement addresses violations of 35 P.S. §780-113(a)(14) and (30) involving fentanyl and its derivatives and analogues.

If not rejected by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly, the Supplement to 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines will be effective June 1, 2018.

Vacancy Announcement - Sentencing Policy Specialist

The Commission on Sentencing is accepting applications for a Sentencing Policy Specialist.  See job description.

Application must be made through The Pennsylvania State University via

The Commission is a legislative agency located within the Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice Department at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park).  The Commission has offices on the University Park campus and in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.   This position will be based in Harrisburg and focus on the eastern region of the state, with an emphasis on Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.  Commission staff members are employees of The Pennsylvania State University and receive the University benefits package.

Next Quarterly Commission Meeting: March 8, 2018

The next quarterly Commission meeting will be held on March 8, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m.; a policy meeting precedes the quarterly meeting, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and the quarterly Commission meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.  Both meetings are open to the public and will be  held at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue; Harrisburg, PA.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Dittman at 814-863-2797 or

Judicial Education Seminars - Sentence Risk Assessment

To update the court on the use of risk assessment at sentencing and to support offender case management supervision and community supervision, four regional judicial education seminars have been scheduled.  Seminars are free of charge to any Common Pleas judge who wishes to attend and sessions are approved for continuing judicial education credits.

Judges (Common Pleas Courts) may complete and submit the Registration Form.  Questions may be directed to Ryan Meyers and Nancy Xavios.

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