HOUSE WILL SOON RECEIVE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL PROBATION IN PA.

Pennsylvania’s state Senate has approved legislation to overhaul how probation is handled in the state. The 46 to four vote sends the bill to the House for further consideration, but that’s where it’s gotten stuck before. Last year, the same kind of legislation died without being voted on. State law currently does not limit the length of probation sentences and critics say non-violent offenders are often sent to prison or jail on technical violations that aren’t crimes.