probation

Jacqueline Larma / AP

A bipartisan team of state lawmakers are leading an effort to ease Pennsylvania's probation rules. State Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington County) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill early this year to shorten probation terms and limit punishment for probation violations.

Katie Meyer / 90.5 WESA

A group of state lawmakers is launching a proposal to make several major changes to Pennsylvania's probation and parole laws.

The fact that our prisons are overcrowded is not news. But how do we help formerly incarcerated people re-enter society and prevent them from becoming repeat offenders?

One solution could be taking place at the Allegheny County probation office day reporting centers. They focus on medium, and high risk offenders in order to identify services and supervision that can be most helpful.

Ron Seyko is the probation office director for Allegheny County. He said the job of the probation office is to motivate individuals to get training and life skills that will help them become contributing members of society.

When it comes to the day centers, he says there’s a body of research supporting their efforts. When compared with probation offices that don’t have reporting centers the numbers are compelling.