HARRISBURG – State senators approved Senate Bill 14 which would help to ensure PA’s probation system ultimately serves as a pathway out of the criminal justice system. Under the bill, courts would have stronger guidelines and restrictions on imposing new sentences of incarceration on probationers. Incarceration would be reserved for those convicted of new crimes and more serious technical violations. It also creates incentives for probationers to succeed through credits for good behavior, such as maintaining a job and performing community service. Currently, technical violations that are not actual crimes – such as being late for an appointment, traveling out of state or being unable to pay fines and restitution – can lead to extensions of probation or prison time that far exceed the original sentence handed down at trial. The cost to incarcerate these persons is far greater than the cost of supervision, resulting in wasted taxpayer dollars.