Research guides

Pennsylvania Criminal Law

Probation & Parole

The following resources provide information regarding probation and parole in Pennsylvania.

PA Board of Probation & Parole

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP)'s Mission Statement states "The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole promotes public safety by using evidence-based practices to make equitable parole decisions that allow for respect and protection of crime victims, rehabilitation and positive change, and prevention of future crimes. The Board strives to create a just, efficient and transparent parole process that is respectful of all persons, and operates with integrity and without bias." It was established by the Parole Act of 1941 (1941, Aug. 6, P.L. 861, No. 323) and its current powers and duties are defined at 61 Pa.C.S. §§ 6101 et seq.

The PBPP website houses a wealth of information, forms, and brochures on the reentry process for offenders and their families:

Free Online Resources

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole includes free information, including forms and publications, on its website.

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP)
Forms and Procedures: includes Parole Application, Statement of Residence, Statement of Employment, and more.
Publications: includes The Parole Handbook (English and Spanish translation), Fact Sheet: Understanding the Parole Process, Fact Sheet: Victims' Voice Law, Parole Violator Center Program, Preparing for Your Return to the Community, Reentry Program, and more.

Research Tip

The powers and duties of the PBPP are defined at 61 Pa.C.S. §§ 6101 et seq. These include the statutes listing the criteria the PBPP needs to consider when evaluating an offender for parole.

Forms

The following resources include sample forms for probation and parole in Pennsylvania.

PA Board of Probation & Parole: Forms and Procedures
Includes Parole Application, Statement of Residence, Statement of Employment, and more.

State Probation/Parole Fees Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Pay Offender Financial Obligations securely online.

PA Legal Forms
Forms include "Motion for Probation or Conditional Discharge", "Motion to Release on Earned Probation", "Order Releasing Defendant on Earned Probation", and "Motion to Bar Prejudicial and Inaccurate Speculation Concerning Defendant's Possible Eligibility for Parole".

Research Tip

Additional forms may be included in the resources listed below.

Member Databases

The following member databases include information regarding probation and parole in Pennsylvania. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access these databases. These databases are also available in the library.

Pennsylvania Criminal Law (LexisNexis Practice Guide)
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See Chapter 13: Probation and Parole.

PA Legal Forms
Forms include "Motion for Probation or Conditional Discharge", "Motion to Release on Earned Probation", "Order Releasing Defendant on Earned Probation", and "Motion to Bar Prejudicial and Inaccurate Speculation Concerning Defendant's Possible Eligibility for Parole".

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Criminal Law" Chapter 40: Parole (vol. 20).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information regarding probation and parole in Pennsylvania. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Pennsylvania Criminal Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 32: Probation, Parole, and Executive Clemency. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See "Criminal Law" Chapter 40: Parole. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law of Probation and Parole West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

PBI Publications

In conjunction with its continuing legal education courses, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) produces many books each year covering various criminal law topics, including probation and parole. Some of these concentrate on more specific or unusual areas of the law. When a researcher has difficulty finding an answer in the manuals or form books, it is a good idea to turn to a PBI publication for guidance.

Criminal Law Symposium 2019
See Chapter OO: Implementing Evidence Based Practices in Pennsylvania’s County Adult Probation and Parole Department.
Library has annual volumes from 1984-present.

Criminal Law Symposium 2018
See Chapter LL: Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole: Practice Pointers.
Library has annual volumes from 1984-present.

Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Court
See Chapter 12: Sample Documents - Parole and Probation Violation.

PA Association on Probation, Parole & Corrections

Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections (PAPPC)

        • Professional association whose mission is to "support and promote best practice methods and professionalism in the field of juvenile and adult probation, parole, corrections institutional care and community supervision".
        • The Journal: PAPPC newsletter (April 1940 - Dec. 1959, Spring 2002 - present).