President's Message

Teresa A. Wilcox

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.

The Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers (PCCJPO) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age and it does not retaliate against persons who file a discrimination complaint or lawsuit, who complain about discrimination; or who participate in a discrimination proceeding, such as being a witness in a complaint investigation or lawsuit.  Complaints may be directed to the PCCJPO Executive Officers under “Contact”  at   or to the PA Human Relations Commission at

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