Office of the District Attorney of Schuylkill County


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Schuylkill County Restrictive Intermediate Punishment (SCRIP)

Schuylkill County Restrictive Intermediate Punishment (SCRIP) is a collaborative program through the Schuylkill County Adult Probation/Parole Department (APO) and the Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program. It is a middle ground between incarceration and traditional probation/parole, providing strict    supervision of the participant in the community while requiring drug and alcohol treatment (as well as other possible treatment based on individual need).


A key officer from the Adult Probation/Parole Department along with a case coordinator from Drug & Alcohol work together to determine a defendant’s eligibility based on state criminal justice guidelines and state drug and alcohol placement criteria. The referral is then staffed with the SCRIP Team (members from APO and Drug & Alcohol meet monthly) to determine if the defendant will be accepted into the program. Once accepted, APO develops sentencing        recommendations which are presented to the Judge during the sentencing phase of the participant’s court proceedings. The Judge is the final deciding factor in granting or denying the SCRIP Program to the participant.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • An application for SCRIP must be completed by the defendant and submitted through the defendant’s legal contact (District Attorney’s Office, public

       defender, private attorney, probation/parole officer, prison counselor, etc.) to the SCRIP probation officer or supervisor at the Adult Probation Office;

  • The defendant must NOT have had a previous conviction for a violent crime in the past 10 years, and their current arrest must be for a non-violent crime;
  • The defendant’s current criminal charge must meet the PA Sentencing Guideline criteria for a  level  3 or 4 to be considered for restrictive intermediate  

        punishment;

  • The defendant must undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and be determined to have a clinical diagnosis of drug and alcohol dependence as per the PA

        Client Placement Criteria guidelines.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • A court determined length of house arrest with ankle monitor at a cost of $12/day with a $25 hook up fee. A basic landline is required.
  • Clients will meet with their SCRIP probation officer weekly for the full term of their sentence and be subject to random drug screenings. They will meet with the SCRIP Drug & Alcohol case coordinator weekly, with visits decreasing over time as clients progress in the program.
  • Clients are prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. They are not permitted to enter any establishment whose primary business is serving alcoholic beverages. Clients will be expected to maintain abstinence from any and all addictive substances (drugs, alcohol,    prescriptions, OTC products, etc.) while in the SCRIP process.
  • Complete assigned drug and alcohol treatment (inpatient and/or outpatient) as well as any other treatment which may be required.
  • Participate in community support groups (AA, NA, etc.) throughout their sentence.
  • For clients living in isolated areas with significant transportation limitations or lack of a sober living environments, transitional housing may be required (halfway house, Bridge House).

** Requirements may be added or amended at the discretion of the SCRIP Team and/or Judge.


SCRIP is a voluntary program with a concentration on treatment. All who choose to enter the program will be required to adhere strictly to all SCRIP requirements; failure to comply will result in revocation of probation and possible termination from the program.


APPLICATION FOR SCHUYLKILL COUNTY RESTRICTIVE INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT (SCRIP)