You will only receive this notification if you request it. You will want to talk to the victim/witness coordinator in the district attorney’s office to let them know you want to be notified if any appeals are filed.
In personal injury crimes, you have a right to be provided with immediate notice of an escape of the adult and of subsequent apprehension.
To receive notification you will need to register with the Office of the Victim Advocate. When you register with the Office of Victim Advocate you may also choose to register with PA SAVIN. Please note that by registering with the Office of the Victim Advocate you will receive additional services and notifications not available to the public.
Yes, a new law was designed to allow judges to place prisoners in hospitals, long-term nursing care facilities, and hospice care locations. The hospice care location can include the offender’s home. The requirement is that the offender is terminally ill, expected by a treating physician to not live more than one year and is unable to get around on their own. The district attorney and the victim are entitled to receive notice and an opportunity to be heard. The victim/witness coordinator within the victim service program in the district attorney’s office will inform you of your opportunity to give prior comment on and receive a copy of the final order.
Yes. There is a new sentence called Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive, which means eligible offenders can receive a reduction of their sentence if they complete specific programs, have a positive adjustment to prison and an adequate reentry plan.
Not all offenders are eligible. An offender who commits a violent offense such as a sexual assault, aggravated assault, or homicide are not eligible; however, the district attorney’s office may wish to waive the eligibility requirement and ask the court to sentence the offender to RRRI. Yes, you have the right to be notified of the district attorneys intent and to provide input prior to the decision being made to waive the requirement.
If the offender has already been sentenced you will need to contact the Office of the Victim Advocate to register for notification and provide input into any pre-release parole review of the offender.
Yes, the victim/witness coordinator victim service program in the district attorney’s office will inform you of your opportunity to give prior comment on and to receive a copy of the final order involving a petition that was filed to place the offender into a hospice care location.
Yes, there is a program called State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) that is a two year sentence. The Department of Corrections (DOC) may request the court to resentence an eligible offender to the SIP Program; however, you will have the opportunity to submit a victim impact statement to tell the court how you feel about the resentencing. You will need to talk to the victim/witness coordinator victim service program in the district attorney’s office about receiving that notification and assistance with completing a victim impact statement.
If the offender has already been sentenced you will need to contact the Office of the Victim Advocate to register for notification and provide input into any pre-release and or parole review of the offender.
Yes, you can and register with the Department of Public Welfare Victim Notification Program and receive notice when they are released from the hospital, transferred or if they escape from the hospital. If the offender does escape you will also be notified when they are caught.
Since the offender was hospitalized at the time of sentencing you can contact the victim/witness coordinator in the district attorney’s office and request assistance in registering with the Program. The coordinator will provide you with an enrollment form that will require some basic information from you. The form also requests information about the offender that will need to be completed by the district attorney, jail warden, victim/witness coordinator or the Office of Victim Advocate.