FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. John Sabatina
Sabatina appointed to Pa. Commission on Sentencing
HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. John Sabatina, D-Phila., has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, a legislative service agency that reviews and ensures the state's sentencing guidelines are uniform and consistent.
Sabatina is a former Philadelphia city prosecutor and continues to be at the forefront of the legislature on criminal justice issues.
"I am honored to serve on the commission and will bring insight into setting statewide sentencing and parole guidelines," Sabatina said. "We must carefully review current parole guidelines because of some recent crimes by individuals on parole, including the shooting of a Philadelphia policeman."
Sabatina said the commission is a nationally recognized board and works with the state House and Senate Judiciary committees.
Sabatina has already authored a law that protects police and residents. He said he will continue to work on legislation that would strengthen penalties for police assaults and illegal firearms possession.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing was created by the General Assembly in 1978 to serve as a clearinghouse of information on the state's sentencing practices.
For more information on the agency visit http://pcs.la.psu.edu/.