Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Pilot – General Information
Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Pilot is a sentencing alternative for non-violent level 3 and 4 offenders. In line with the purposes established by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Bucks County Intermediate Punishment (BCIP) Pilot focuses on protecting society and promoting efficiency and economy in the delivery of correctional services. The program continuously promotes accountability of offenders in the community, fills gaps in local correctional systems and addresses local needs through expansion of sentencing alternatives and services available to the Court.
The requirements and eligibility criteria for the program are listed under Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Pilot- Eligibility Requirements. Defendants interested in the program must complete a BCIP Application and return it to Christine Walsh, Supervisor of the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department by mail, fax or in person 30 days prior to sentencing. The application will be reviewed by the IP officer and forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for completion of the sentencing guidelines. If the applicant meets the criteria for intermediate punishment, an interview and field visit to the home will be conducted to make a final determination of eligibility for the program.
When a defendant meets the requirements and is deemed eligible the IP officer will notify both the District Attorney’s Office and the applicant’s attorney. The notification will include the recommended Restrictive and Restorative components that should be included in any IP sentence imposed. Eligibility for intermediate punishment is not an entitlement. The Judge will ultimately determine if an eligible offender is sentenced to the Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Pilot. If so, the Court shall specify at the time of sentencing the length of the term for which the defendant is to be in the program. The Court may order the defendant to serve a period of incarceration (flat sentence), electronic monitoring, community service and/or complete drug and alcohol treatment. Supervision is intensive and includes targeted interventions based on offenders needs. Defendants in the program may be required to report for random drug and alcohol testing and may be required to complete cognitive behavioral programing. Non-compliance with the program will result in swift intervention that may include unsuccessful completion of the program and immediate incarceration.
For any questions regarding the program, please contact Christine Walsh at the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole department, 215-444-2616.