HARRISBURG – Montgomery County Rep. Todd Stephens will introduce legislation to make the state’s sentencing guidelines presumptive for gun crimes. Data from the PA Commission on Sentencing, which he chairs, shows Philadelphia and other counties routinely sentence below recommended levels for violent criminals who use firearms. The legislation requires courts to state, on the record, a substantial and compelling reason that an injustice would occur by imposing a sentence below the standard range of the sentencing guidelines. “In Philadelphia, the violent crime rate is at its highest in decades and shows no signs of dissipating,” Stephens said. “To protect the public, we must ensure our prosecutors and Judges are following sentencing guidelines for violent criminals who use guns.”

REP. TODD STEPHENS