Parole Eligibility Expansion for Lifers" This bill calls for life with parole for all lifers and applies retroactively. call: Sen. Greenleaf 215-657-7700; 800-924-3300, Sen. Wagner 717-846-2828 & St. Rep. Marsico 717-652-3721;
Introduced by Rep. Jason Dawkins, Acosta and V. Brown on June 9, 2016. Referred to Committee on Judiciary, June 9, 2016. See Rep. Jason Dawkins Memorandum
Relevant section would be:
Section 3. Section 6137(a)(1) and (3) of Title 61 are amended to read:
§ 6137. Parole power.
(a) General criteria for parole.--
(1) The board may parole subject to consideration of guidelines established under 42 Pa.C.S. § 2154.5 (relating to adoption of guidelines for parole) and may release on parole any inmate to whom the power to parole is granted to the board by this chapter, except an inmate condemned to death [or serving life imprisonment], whenever in its opinion:
(i) The best interests of the inmate justify or require that the inmate be paroled.
(ii) It does not appear that the interests of the Commonwealth will be injured by the inmate's parole.
(3) The power to parole granted under this section to the board may not be exercised in the board's discretion at any time before, but only after[,]:
(i) the expiration of the minimum term of imprisonment fixed by the court in its sentence or by the Board of Pardons in a sentence which has been reduced by commutation[.]; or
(ii) fifteen years, in the case of an inmate sentenced to life imprisonment. Notwithstanding the date of conviction and notwithstanding any other provision of this title or other statute, any person serving a life sentence under the laws of this Commonwealth may be eligible for parole review after serving 15 years of imprisonment.
Basically, this bill would make people parole eligible after 15 years if they are serving a life sentence.