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Youth Redemption
Victim Restoration
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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.

Chief's Council Announcements

Michael Schneider Retires

Michael Schneider retired as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of Northampton County on December 30, 2014.  For more than 36 years Michael provided service to the Northampton County Probation Department, beginning as a line probation officer in 1978.  During his tenure with the department, he worked in various capacities, including line Probation Officer, Community Work Service Coordinator, Intake Officer, Supervisor, and Deputy Chief.  He was appointed Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of Northampton County in August of 2000.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mansfield University, and a Masters of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University in 1989 through the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission’s Graduate Education Program.

Michael has been significantly involved with various statewide juvenile justice efforts, and had served as President of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers from 2008-2009.  He was recognized at the March 2015 General Membership Meeting and he provided comments as to what being part of the Chiefs’ Council has meant to him.


What's New

Handbook for Juvenile Justice Professionals and Victim Services Providers
Posted January 25, 2016


2014 PA Juvenile Court Dispositions
Posted January 15, 2016

This report provides an overview of juvenile court dispositions in Pennsylvania during 2014 and preceding years, and summarizes juvenile court statistical data provided by county juvenile probation departments.


Advancing Balanced and Restorative Justice through JJSES
Posted November 09, 2015

The recently released monograph discussing the advancement of Balanced and Restorative Justice through Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy.


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


Behavioral Health Services Guide
Posted September 22, 2015

The Behavioral Health (BH) Subcommittee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers (PCCJPO) is pleased to offer this online Behavioral Health Services Resource Guide for juvenile probation officers and other juvenile justice professionals. While the Subcommittee attempted to identify behavioral health information it thought would be useful, the Guide is far from a comprehensive source of behavioral health information. It is designed to provide basic information and then offer links to the websites of official and recognized agencies and organizations related to behavioral health that provide more comprehensive and detailed information.


Case Planning Handbook - YLS/CMI Version
Posted June 03, 2015

The Case Planning Handbook augments the case planning efforts of the Juvenile Justice System Enhancing Strategy (JJSES). The Handbook was developed through the joint efforts of JCJC, the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, and The Carey Group.


Motivational Interviewing Manual
Posted April 23, 2015

Implementation and Practice Manual: A JJSES Resource


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


Pennsylvania Recidivism Report - Juveniles with Cases Closed in 2007-2010
Posted February 18, 2015


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.


New Leadership at JCJC
Posted June 27, 2014

Keith Snyder was appointed Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission upon the retirement of former JCJC Executive Director James Andersonon April 19, 2014.


James E. Anderson Retires as JCJC Executive Director
Posted May 29, 2014

Jim Anderson retired from the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission on April 18, 2014 after 42 years of dedicated service to Pennsylvania's children, their families and communities.


Advancing the Four Core Competencies
Posted March 25, 2014

The Four Core Competencies are; establishing a Professional Alliance, Case Planning, Skills Practice, and the effective use of Rewards and Sanctions. The Four Core Competencies are an integral piece of the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy.


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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