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Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Program – General Information

Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Program is a sentencing alternative for non-violent level 2, 3 and 4 offenders.  In line with the purposes established by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Bucks County Intermediate Punishment (CIP) Program focuses on protecting society and promoting efficiency and economy in the delivery of correctional services.  The program continuously promotes accountability of offenders in the community, fills gaps in local correctional systems and addresses local needs through expansion of sentencing alternatives and services available to the Court.   

The requirements and eligibility criteria for the program are listed under Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Program - Eligibility Requirements. Defendants interested in the program must complete a CIP Application and return it to Christine A. Walsh, Supervisor of the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department by mail, fax or in person 30 days prior to sentencing.  The application will be reviewed by the IP officer and forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for completion of the sentencing guidelines. If the applicant meets the criteria for intermediate punishment, an interview and field visit to the home will be conducted to make a final determination of eligibility for the program.

When a defendant meets the requirements and is deemed eligible the IP officer will notify both the District Attorney’s Office and the applicant’s attorney.  The notification will include the recommended Restrictive and Restorative components that should be included in any IP sentence imposed.   Eligibility for intermediate punishment is not an entitlement.  The Judge will ultimately determine if an eligible offender is sentenced to the Bucks County Intermediate Punishment Program.  If so, the Court shall specify at the time of sentencing the length of the term for which the defendant is to be in the program.  The Court may order the defendant to serve a period of incarceration (flat sentence), electronic monitoring, community service and/or complete drug and alcohol treatment.  Supervision is intensive and includes targeted interventions based on offenders needs.  Defendants in the program may be required to report for random drug and alcohol testing and may be required to complete cognitive behavioral programming.  Non-compliance with the program will result in swift intervention that may include unsuccessful completion of the program and immediate incarceration.       

For any questions regarding the program, please contact Christine A. Walsh at the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole department, 215-444-2616.

CIP Eligibility Requirements CIP Application
Administrative Office:    Central Bucks Unit:    Justice Center: Intake 
30 East Court Street
2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (215) 348-6634
Fax: (215) 348-6691 
  30 East Court Street
2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (215) 348-6640
Fax: (215) 348-6253 
  100 N. Main Street 
1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (215) 348-6640
Fax: (215)  348-6691
Lower Bucks Unit:    Upper Bucks Unit:     
600 Louis Drive
Suite 100
Warminster, PA 18974
Phone: (215) 444-2600
Fax: (215) 348-5296
  261 California Drive 
Suite 3 - UBGSC
Quakertown, PA 18951
Phone: (215) 529-7081
Fax: (215) 529-7138