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Senate Bill 1161 is Signed into Law in Pennsylvania

| October 31, 2010

The Commonwealth Foundation published an article last month entitled “Being Tough on Crime is Not Enough.”  In the piece, Commonwealth suggested a variety of ways that Pennsylvania could reform its parole, probation, and non-residential programs in order to trim its corrections budget.  Last week, Commonwealth’s reform plan began to be enacted in earnest with the passage of Senate Bill 1161.  The bill contains provisions for adopting new risk assessment instruments, addressing technical parole violations with graduated sanctions, and extending parole opportunities for non-violent offenders.  SB 1161 was sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, a Republican who represents Montgomery and Bucks Counties.


VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.