The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation that would give crime victims a say at parole hearings.
House Bill 492 would change the state's Crime Victims Act to allow a victim or a representative of the victim to appear before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and provide testimony in connection with an inmate's application for parole.
Victims or their representatives would be able appear personally or by any electronic means made available by the board, such as video conference.
Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, said his legislation would make it clear that the decision for victims or their representatives to appear and be heard by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is up to them, not the board.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.