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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

Elizabeth Fritz, 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, Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research, Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services, 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, dedicated to enhancing our system in order to most effectively meet our Balanced and Restorative Justice Mission.  As a result, a great deal of effort has been underway the past several years with our Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy. Whether implementing structured decision making tools, improving our communication skills through motivational interviewing, or introducing cognitive behavioral interventions; our juvenile justice partners are working harder than ever to employ evidence based decisions at every stage of our system. While continuing to hold youth accountable, we believe these practices will provide for a safer community, less victims, and more productive and competent youth.

For over forty years the Council has faced many challenges and system expectations, yet, was always committed to keeping Pennsylvania at the forefront of juvenile justice initiatives. I am certain that this period of time in Council’s history, while challenging, will only make our system stronger.  We hope that 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

Jim Anderson Retires

Dedicated, hardworking, passionate, knowledgeable, and leadership are among some of the recent comments made by others, as they reflected on the retirement of James E. Anderson. After 42 years serving in the juvenile justice field, our dear friend is closing this chapter of his life.

In April 2014, Jim retired as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) where he served in that capacity since 1986. Jim started his career as a probation officer in Elk County in 1972, became Chief in 1973, and joined JCJC in 1978.  He holds a Master of Arts in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1975), where he also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology (1972). During his career with the JCJC, Jim was actively involved in every major legislative issue affecting Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice, juvenile court, or child welfare systems, and, was recognized many times for his service, influence and commitment to the juvenile justice system.  In retrospect, Jim, more than anyone else over the past few decades, is responsible for crafting Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized juvenile justice system.

Few people enter one’s life professionally, who have such an impact on them. Not only in their day-to-day-professional activities, but also in the way they conduct themselves as a person.  The past several months, in so many conversations, it was clear that Jim was that person; someone who influenced others professionally and personally.  His dedication, commitment, and passion about making our system better, made all of us want to be better. His ability to listen, motivate and collaborate helped us all learn how to better work with others to reach our common goal.  His strong work ethic helped inspire many of us to work that much harder.
However, the one factor that many people have commented on is his character.  People with character are trustworthy, honest, and reliable.  They are respectful when differing; they contemplate their decisions, and acknowledge their mistakes. They are fair, open minded and genuinely listen. They have the courage to do the right thing. Jim interacted with many people throughout this career, and everyone who knew him, knew he was a man of honor and of character. We all knew that Jim truly cared.  This is what made Jim stand out professionally, but more importantly; these qualities are what made Jim stand out as a person. 

Jim always showed a great deal of respect for the Chiefs’ Council,  was always supportive, giving advice when asked or needed, but always recognizing the critical importance of our roles, and, of maintaining a strong and healthy relationship with the JCJC.
As Jim spends some well-deserved time enjoying his retirement, we hope, as one door closes, another one opens, and that in some way, we will have an opportunity to cross paths with him again.  Jim will always be remembered for his unending service, his integrity and his character.  Most importantly, he will always be remembered as our friend. We wish Jim well in his retirement.


What's New

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.


2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program
Posted April 23, 2014

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), and the National League of Cities (NLC) are pleased to announce that the application window for the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program is now open through May 30, 2014. The program will run September 8-10, 2014 at Georgetown University.


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 Now Available
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.


Sustaining Models for Change Initiatives Through PA's JJSES
Posted April 20, 2012

In 2010, with the five-year commitment of the MacArthur Foundation drawing to a close, it was agreed that a new "Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy" (JJSES) was needed, both to consolidate the innovations of the previous five years "under one roof", and to develop strategies to sustain, disseminate and enhance those efforts. Pennsylvania's JJSES rests on two interlinked foundations: the best empirical research available in the field of juvenile justice and a set of core beliefs about how to put this research into practice.



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