Overview

The Sentencing Reform Act of 1995, and the Sentencing Act of 1998 known as Jenna's Law, mandated that any individual convicted of legislatively defined violent felony offenses receive determinate sentences, rather than indeterminate sentences. Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1995, determinate sentencing was applied to second felony offenders being sentenced for violent felony offenses committed on or after October 1, 1995.

Inmates who receive a determinate sentence are not eligible for release consideration by the Parole Board. These individuals may be conditionally released to supervision by the Department after completion of six-sevenths (85%) of the sentence imposed, provided they are granted the requisite good time allowances based upon their adjustment to the rules and regulations of the Department.

Jenna's Law mandated that determinate sentences be imposed for any violent offenses committed after September 1, 1998 whether they were first or subsequent felony offenses. Jenna's Law also established mandatory periods of post-release supervision that must be served under the jurisdiction of the Department.

First time violent felony offenders received up to five years of post-release supervision with the length determined by the felony class of the conviction. Second violent felony offenders must serve a mandatory five-year period of post-release supervision, regardless of the felony class of the present offense. In addition, they will not be eligible for conditional release, but must serve the time assessment imposed by the Parole Board for the parole violation. There is no good time off the period of post-release supervision.

The Parole Board, prior to conditional release on a determinate sentence, will establish conditions for the post-release supervision period.

Willard Drug Treatment Campus

The Willard Drug Treatment Campus (Willard DTC) is an approximately 800-bed residential drug and alcohol treatment program operated and staffed by the Department. This program is designed to assist participants to achieve, develop, and/or maintain recovery and mandates a minimum of 90 days of intensive substance abuse treatment at Willard.

Willard DTC serves two distinctive types of individuals with substance abuse histories. The first, known as Judicially-Sanctioned, was established as the result of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1995. Second felony offenders with a conviction for specific drug and/or property offenses, with no prior convictions for violent offenses, are eligible. These individuals may be judicially sentenced directly to community supervision with a requirement to complete the Willard program.

The Willard DTC also serves as an alternative to re-incarceration for certain parole violators who have been revoked and restored to this program.

All Willard DTC graduates who successfully complete the program are returned to the community and provided with treatment services. Graduates are provided with an aftercare appointment for placement in a community-based substance abuse treatment program to ensure continuity of care and treatment.