What is Intermediate Punishment?
Intermediate Punishment is essentially a middle ground between incarceration and traditional probation and parole. Individuals who are sentenced to Intermediate Punishment may be released into the community; however, they are subject to very strict guidelines and conditions. Anyone who does not follow the conditions is placed in the Beaver County Jail to serve their sentence.
What are the different types of Intermediate Punishment Sentences?
Individuals on House Arrest are required to wear an ankle bracelet along with a tracking device at all times, which electronically monitors their whereabouts. Any eligible individual can be placed on House Arrest, however, those individuals serving mandatory D.U.I. sentences are by law, required to be on House Arrest with electronic monitoring. While on House Arrest, individuals may only leave their residence at designated times for work or treatment.
Those individuals sentenced to Day Reporting are required to report in person to the respective I.P. office on a daily basis. Once at the office, all individuals are required to fill out a daily itinerary outlining all of their activities for that day so they may be checked on periodically.
Who is eligible?
Subject to section 42 Pa. C.S. § 9721(a)(1) (relating to sentencing generally) a person convicted of an offense who would otherwise be sentenced to a county correctional facility, who does not demonstrate a present or past pattern of violent behavior and who would otherwise be sentenced to partial confinement pursuant to 42 Pa. C.S. § 9724 (relating to partial confinement) or total confinement pursuant to section 9725 (relating to total confinement).
Who is not eligible?
Any individual with a past pattern of violent behavior or probation and parole violations are excluded. Additionally, any individual with current or past convictions within the last 10 years for the following offenses: murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner, assault by a life prisoner, kidnapping, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, arson, burglary (Felony I), robbery, theft by extortion, incest and escape. This list also includes anyone convicted of solicitation, conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the above named offenses.
What does it cost?
As with traditional probation and parole, there is a $60.00 per month supervision fee for participants. Additionally, if the participant is on House Arrest, he/she must pay a fee to offset the cost of operating the equipment. This fee is income based and will be determined by a member of the IP Unit. Because the program is considered a privilege, the fee for one month of house arrest must be paid before the electronic monitoring equipment is installed on the offender. The offender must then continue to pay in advance for each subsequent month on house arrest, until the house arrest portion of the sentence is completed. If the fees are not paid as required, a person may be returned to the jail to serve the restrictive portion of the sentence on work release or face a revocation proceeding.