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What is State Intermediate Punishment? (State “IP”)

State Intermediate Punishment is a guilty plea that carries with it time in a correctional facility.  Eligible defendants are non-violent drug offenders with no prior convictions for crimes of violence.  Defendants are not excluded from eligibility for having a prior criminal record.  The defendant must also have a drug/alcohol problem.  The period of incarceration under State IP makes it a lesser option than County IP.

If the Defendant accepts the State IP offer, they will be committed to prison.  While committed they will undergo a drug assessment.  The Department of Corrections (“DOC”) makes a recommendation as to sentence.  Defendants faced to State IP face a flat sentence of two years commitment.  Of those two years, there is a minimum seven months in a State Correctional Institution (“SCI”). The defendant is also required to serve at least two months in a community based inpatient drug/alcohol treatment program, and an additional six months outpatient treatment.  There is always a period of reintegration.  Most inmates are sent to the State Correctional Institution at Graterford (“SCI”) to serve their sentence.

Defendants who accept State IP plead guilty.  They cannot have their record expunged.  They are also looking at hard prison time in a state institution.  As such, State IP is not exactly a diversionary program.  You should speak with a private criminal defense lawyer before entering into a deal for this program.  You need to fully understand the options.  If there is an opportunity to fight the case, it should certainly be considered under these circumstances.  If you wish to speak with a criminal lawyer, contact the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos, Esq.  We offer a free consultation to Philadelphia residents: (267) 535-9776.