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LAWRENCE JONES v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (06/01/79)

decided: June 1, 1979.

LAWRENCE JONES, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE, RESPONDENT



Original jurisdiction in case of Lawrence Jones v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

COUNSEL

Lawrence Jones, petitioner, for himself.

Robert A. Greevy, Assistant Attorney General, with him Edward G. Biester, Jr., Attorney General, for respondent.

President Judge Bowman and Judges Crumlish, Jr., Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer, Rogers, Blatt, DiSalle, Craig and MacPhail. Opinion by Judge DiSalle.

Author: Disalle

[ 43 Pa. Commw. Page 170]

Lawrence Jones (Petitioner) has filed a Motion for Review, which we shall treat as a petition for review, challenging the action of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (Board) in recommitting him as a convicted parole violator. Each side has filed motions for summary judgment.

Petitioner was sentenced to concurrent terms of two to ten years for assault with intent to commit sodomy and one and one-half to three years for corrupting

[ 43 Pa. Commw. Page 171]

    a minor, with an effective date of November 7, 1969, a minimum of November 7, 1971, and a maximum of November 7, 1979. He was paroled on August 28, 1972 and then arrested on February 13, 1975, for possession of narcotics. The Board afforded him a preliminary/detention hearing on February 25, 1975 and released him from custody under parole supervision on March 6, 1975.

Petitioner was again arrested on May 12, 1975, this time for aggravated and simple assault, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of narcotics. He was found not guilty of these offenses, but on December 8, 1975, Federal authorities lodged a warrant against him for dispensing narcotics. He was convicted on January 14, 1976, and sentenced to three years in a Federal institution.

The Board afforded Petitioner a full revocation hearing on April 9, 1976, and decided to recommit him as a convicted parole violator when available. Its agents took him into custody on November 11, 1978, when he received Federal parole, and transferred him to the State Correctional Institution at Graterford. Disallowing credit for time spent on parole, but allowing credit for the time spent incarcerated pursuant to its detainer warrant, the Board recomputed Petitioner's sentence and modified his maximum to read June 5, 1984.

Petitioner argues first that by lodging a detainer warrant against him based on the new criminal charges, the Board unconstitutionally denied him the right to bail. We disagree. The law is clear that lodging a detainer warrant against an arrested parolee who has posted bail on the new charge does not violate his constitutional rights. Woodall v. ...


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