The commission shall adopt guidelines to identify offenders who would be eligible and appropriate for participation in county intermediate punishment programs. These guidelines shall be considered by the sentencing court in determining whether to sentence an offender pursuant to section 9763 (relating to sentence of county intermediate punishment). The guidelines shall:
(1) Use the description of “eligible offender” provided in Chapter 98 (relating to county intermediate punishment).
(2) Give primary consideration to protection of the public safety.
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