If you have the opportunity to complete programming before your parole interview, you should make every effort to do so. Failing to participate or complete programming when it is offered while you are incarcerated will be viewed less favorably than participating or completing offered programming. This does not apply to anyone who is serving a sentence for a crime of violence, as defined in 42 Pa.C.S. § 9714 or from a crime requiring registration under 42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 97 Subch. H.
Sex Offender Programming While Incarcerated
There are certain convictions for sexually-related crimes – committed on or after December 20, 2000 – involving a minor under the age of 18 that require an individual to be involved in programming before they can be seen by the Parole Board. This is not just a Parole Board policy or rule. This requirement is cited in the law: 42 Pa.C.S. § 9718.1.