Intermediate Punishment Program

Intermediate Punishment Program

In 1990, Pennsylvania State Legislators passed the Intermediate Punishment Act. Four specific purposes for operating these programs were defined.

(1) To protect society and to promote efficiency and economy in correctional systems; (2) to promote accountability of offenders to their community; (3) to fill gaps in local correctional systems; and (4) to provide opportunities for offenders who have special needs to receive services to enhance their ability to become contributing members of the community. To be eligible for placement on intermediate punishment an offender must not demonstrate or have a history of violent behavior.

A person convicted of any of the following offenses is ineligible for intermediate punishment:

• Murder (18 Pa. C.S. 2502)

• Voluntary manslaughter (18 Pa. C.S. 2503)

• Aggravated Assault (18 Pa. C.S. 2702)

• Assault by prisoner (18 Pa. C.S. 2703)

• Assault by life prisoner (18 Pa C.S. 2704)

• Kidnapping (18 Pa. C.S. 2901)

• Rape (18 Pa. C.S. 3121)

• Statutory sexual assault (18 Pa C.S. 3122.1)

• Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (18 Pa. C.S. 3123)

• Sexual Assault (18 Pa. C.S. 3124.1)

• Aggravated indecent assault (18 Pa. C.S. 3126)

• Arson and related offenses (18 Pa. C.S. 3301)

• Robbery (18 Pa. C.S. 3701)

• Theft by extortion (18 Pa. C.S. 3923)

• Incest (18 Pa. C.S. 4302)

• Escape (18 Pa. C.S. 5121)

• Burglary (F1) (18 Pa. C.S. 3502(c))

• Trafficking drugs to minors (18 Pa. C.S. 6314)

• Drug trafficking

Prior to being accepted onto intermediate punishment an offender must complete an application, be interviewed by the Berks County Prison Society, Inc., complete a drug and alcohol evaluation, submit to twice a week urinalysis, agree to any special conditions (inpatient treatment, electronic monitoring), and pay all fees as ordered. Additionally, victims and prosecutors are contacted and a prior record check is conducted. If the Court determines IP is an appropriate sanction, an intensive probation officer closely monitors the offender. Non-compliance may result in revocation of the IPP order.

Contact person is James Sweitzer, Asst. Chief Adult Probation Officer. Phone 610-478-3400; e-mail address