Federal Judge Robert C. Mitchell has ruled that common pleas judges in Pennsylvania are permitted to ban convicts from a municipality only when the defendant is given a “county sentence” (a county sentence is any sentence less than two years of incarceration). When a defendant is given a “state sentence” (a sentence of more than two years of incarceration) the authority to keep a defendant out of a municipality rests with the Pennsylvania State Board of Probation and Parole.

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