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Youth Redemption
Victim Restoration
Community Protection

Statement of Purpose:

We dedicate ourselves to working in partnership to enhance the capacity of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system to achieve its balanced and restorative justice mission by
  • Employing evidence-based practices, with fidelity, at every stage of the juvenile justice process;
  • Collecting and analyzing the data necessary to measure the results of these efforts; and, with this knowledge,
  • Striving to continuously improve the quality of our decisions, services and programs.
For more information on Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy, click on 'JJSES' in the left navigational bar

JJSES Bench Cards

President's Message

Teresa A. Wilcox, President

Welcome to the website of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers. The Council has a rich history of demonstrating leadership and commitment to advancing best practices in the field of Juvenile Justice. The efforts to encourage and support these practices, however, are done in partnership with others. The relationship the Council has with the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, Department of Human Services, Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research, Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services, Office of Victim Advocate, and so many others, has created an atmosphere of mutual commitment to advancing our system.

Pennsylvania has always been a national leader in Juvenile Justice.  However, over the last five years, we committed to enhancing our 1995 Balanced and Restorative Justice mission through the implementation of our Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy. Through each of the stages of JJSES, we continue to hold youth accountable to victim restoration, we continue to identify, manage and minimize the risk of re-offending in our communities, and we continue to provide youth with individualized competency development skill sets to enable them to be more productive members of our communities.  You will find that our juvenile justice partners have been working harder than ever to enhance their own skill sets and employ evidence based decisions at each of the ten decision making points in the juvenile justice system.  Over time, we believe these practices wil provide for less victims, safer communities, and more productive and competent youth.

For a comprehensive overview of exactly how we have been advancing BARJ through JJSES, please reference the newly released document Advancing Balanced and Restorative Justice through Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy.

While we are committed to advancing BARJ and JJSES, the Council has faced many challenges and external system expectations over the past 40 years.  It is through the hard work and dedication of the Council members and our system partners that we have persevered.  We remain committed to making Pennsylvania a best practice model and at the forefront of juvenile justice initiatives for other states and countries.  Pennsylvania is often recognized as one of the leading juvenile justice states and routinely asked to partner with others in research and grant opportunities which allows us the opportunity to refine and improve our system practices.  We hope you find this website a valuable and informative tool, with resources to assist you in accomplishing the goals of your organization.

Chiefs' Council Announcements







What's New

2017 James E. Anderson PA Conference on Juvenile Justice
Posted September 26, 2017

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - 2017 James E. Anderson Conference on Juvenile Justice is scheduled for November 15-17


JJSES Implementation Forum
Posted August 28, 2017

"A Model for Leadership Using the Essentials of Supervision" October 19, 2017 - State College, PA


50th Golden Anniversary Celebration
Posted May 02, 2017

PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on November 30, 2017 at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA. Registration is attached.


Standard Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP)
Posted January 11, 2017

SPEP Score Interpretation and recently updated SPEP Scores


The Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Recidivism Report - Juveniles with Cases Closed 2007 - 2012
Posted September 26, 2016


Considerations in Response to PA's Sexting Statue - - Act 198 of 2012
Posted May 17, 2016


Truancy and School Dropout Prevention: Report of the Truancy Advisory Committee
Posted November 02, 2015

The Joint State Government Commission's final report was completed and sent to the Governor. This document can also be viewed on their website


OCYF Region Meeting: Finance Reform Workgroup
Posted April 23, 2015

Philosophical basis for the operation of Juvenile Justice


Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools
Posted April 23, 2015

Considerations for Practitioners and Policymakers


Interstate Compact for Juveniles
Posted March 23, 2015

An overview of the Compact Authority, Returns & 2015 Audit


PA Supreme Court Declares "Juvenile Offender" Provisions of SORNA Unconstitutional
Posted February 18, 2015

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, in the case of In the Interest of J.B., ruled in a 5-1 decision that the "juvenile offender" lifetime registration provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) are unconstitutional.


PREA Compliance & Governor Certification
Posted March 19, 2014

NCJA, the National Governors Association, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) hosted a webinar in March, 2014 to discuss the audit and certification process under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).


Restitution Task Force Report
Posted February 20, 2013

The Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force was convened by the Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate in collaboration with the Center for Schools and Communities, and brought together key stakeholder individuals, agencies and organizations across all stages of victim restitution work. The Task Force conducted a thorough review of restitution processes at the state and local level in order to identify gaps and develop recommendations/solutions to maximize the justice systems' effectiveness.


Guide to Risk Assessment Implementation
Posted February 20, 2013

The National Youth Screening & Assessment Project has published "Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation." The guidebook details the purpose and nature of risk assessment, provides definitions of risk assessment concepts, describes some of the research evidence, and provides in-depth guidance on selecting and implementing an evidence-based tool.


Family Guide to PA's Juvenile Justice System
Posted November 20, 2012

If your child is in the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania, this guide is for you. This guide was developed by the Family Involvement Committee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers - a committee of family advocates and juvenile justice practitioners - to help families understand Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system and be better prepared to work closely with juvenile justice staff to promote positive outcomes for justice involved youth.



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