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The Monitor Fall 2017 Edition

The Fall 2017 edition of The Monitor is now available electronically.

Along with regular features, this issue highlights:

Commission's 2016 Annual Report

The Commission on Sentencing is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Annual Report. The Report is available on-line for viewing, downloading, or printing.

The Annual Report not only highlights the work of the Commission during the 2016 calendar year, it includes numerous data tables that practitioners and policy makers find useful.

Fall Seminar Schedule Available

The Commission on Sentencing is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Sentencing Seminars.  These seminars are offered free of charge; however, pre-registration is required.

Register online.  See the brochure for more information.

Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing in Pennsylvania.  CLE credits (6) are pending.

  • October 16, 2017.  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.,  Greensburg (note reduced lunch break time)
  • October 19, 2017.  8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Mercer
  • November 8, 2017.    8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Scranton
  • November 16, 2017.  8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.,   Harrisburg


Sentencing Updates.  CLE credits (2) are pending.

  • October 5, 2017.  1:00-3:15 p.m., Bedford
  • November 3, 2017.  10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Villanova
  • December 14, 2017. 1:00-3:15 p.m., State College
  • November 21, 2017. 1:00-3:15 p.m., Williamsport

Commission Adopts Amendment 4 to 7th Edition Sentencing Guidelines

On June 1, 2017, the Commission on Sentencing adopted 7th Edition Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines.  The Amendment is published in the September 2, 2017 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  Unless rejected by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly, Amendment 4 apply to all offenses occurring on or after January 1, 2018.

Public Hearing Scheduled - Supplement to Amendment 4

On September 14, 2017, the Commission on Sentencing adopted for purposes of public comment a Supplement to Amendment 4 Sentencing Guidelines.  It is published in the October 21, 2017 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Soon after adoption of Amendment 4, the Allegheny County District Attorney  requested the Commission increase the offense gravity score assignments for violations of 35 P.S. §780-113(a)(12), (14), and (30) involving fentanyl and its derivatives.

A public hearing will be held December 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.

Persons or organizations wishing to testify before the Commission are asked to bring 30 copies of any written comments to the public hearing. Arrangements to testify may be made by contacting the Commission in advance of the hearing (Susan Shaffer at 717.772.3776 or Written comments from persons or organizations not wishing to testify at the public hearing should be submitted no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 to: Mark H. Bergstrom, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, P. O. Box 1200, State College, PA 16804-1200.

Amendment 4 of the 7th Edition Sentencing Guidelines was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 2, 2017 and is currently under the 90 day review period by the General Assembly.  If not rejected by concurrent resolution, it will be effective December 1, 2017 and apply to all offenses committed on or after January 1, 2018.

Next Quarterly Commission Meeting: December 7, 2017

The next quarterly Commission meeting will be held on December 7, 2017, 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

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