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First-Time Violent Offenders Eligible For RRRI

In Commonwealth v. Cullen-Doyle, 16 WAP 2016 (July 20,2017) the Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarified an eligibility requirement for the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (“RRRI”) program. This program, which enables certain non-violent criminal offenders who are sentenced to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections facilities to reduce their minimum sentence, requires that an offender lack a “history of

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Courts Can Sentence DUI Offenders To A Term of Supervision Less Than The Mandatory Maximum

In Commonwealth v. Popielarcheck, the defendant pled guilty to her second DUI offense in ten years. Prior to sentencing, defendant was required, pursuant to 75 Pa.C.S. § 3814(2), to undergo a full assessment for alcohol and drug addiction, which indicated that she needed additional treatment. Subsequently, defendant was sentenced to two years of county intermediate

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