Although the offender is serving his sentence in a county jail his release is still determined by the state office of the Board of Probation and Parole. You will want to contact the Office of the Victim Advocate to register to receive this type of notification. Once you register you will be notified by letter when the offender is going to be considered for parole. You will also have the opportunity to offer prior comment on the release of the offender. The Office of the Victim Advocate will notify you when a decision is made concerning release.
And you may want to contact the victim service program within the district attorney’s office. The victim/witness coordinator from that office can help you register with PA SAVIN. Or you can call 1-866-972-7284 and register yourself. You will then be notified by telephone, at the number you provide, when that offender is released. Please note that if you register with PA SAVIN you will be notified of releases but you will not be notified concerning the opportunity to offer prior comment on the release of the offender. That service is only provided to you when you register with the Office of the Victim Advocate.
Yes, you will have notification and input rights; however, a new law is shifting the responsibility of who is to provide those rights from the Office of the Victim Advocate to the victim witness coordinator. For more information on this right, please click victim service program to locate your county victim/witness coordinator.