Course Description

This course provides an in-depth discussion of the new sentencing guidelines taking effect in 2020 under Acts 114 and 115 of 2019.  Topics include:

  • New sentencing enhancements
  • New and modified offenses
  • Policy modifications and clarifications

This course includes video recorded for a Zoom-based course the Washington County Bar Association offered on May 1st 2020. 

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

2.0 PA Substantive CLEs

This course contains approximately 120 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenters

  • Ryan Meyers, MPA and Panel

    Ryan Meyers, MPA and Panel

    Mr. Meyers is employed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, an agency of the General Assembly. He was hired by the Commission as a Sentencing Policy Specialist in 2013 and worked in this capacity until 2018. In 2018, he was promoted to Manager of the Education and Outreach Unit. His work focuses on developing and delivering educational and outreach opportunities to criminal justice stakeholders; policy development, support, and implementation; and promoting best practices to ensure data quality. As a result, Mr. Meyers frequently engages with legislative members and their staff, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff (e.g., probation/parole and court administration) to accomplish the Commission’s various legislative mandates and duties. Mr. Meyers is an adjunct instructor for the Sociology and Criminology Department at The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Criminology and Sentencing.

    Prior to his work with the Commission, Mr. Meyers served as a Probation Officer and DUI Court Program Coordinator for the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County (PA); and as a Youth Development Aide at the South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit, a maximum-security youth placement facility. Mr. Meyers received a B.A. degree in Crime, Law, and Justice and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Panelists for this Presentation:
    Honorable Valarie Costanzo, Washington County Court of Common Pleas
    Honorable Gary Gilman, Washington County Court of Common Pleas
    Pete Marcoline, III, Blackwell and Associates
    John Friedmann, Assistant District Attorney, Washington County
    Jen Hutton and Tom Backenstoe, Education and Outreach Specialists, PA Commission on Sentencing

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Sentencing Guidelines Handouts and Reference Materials (printing or downloading optional)
    • Presenter's PowerPoint (printing or downloading optional)
    • Sentencing Matrix (printing or downloading optional)
    • Sentencing Guidelines Part One
    • Sentencing Guidelines Part Two
    • Sentencing Guidelines Part Three
    • Sentencing Guidelines Part Four
    • Course Evaluation (Required)