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The 2015 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice, sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Juvenile Court Section of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges will be held November 4-6, 2015 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.
This year's training workshops will highlight practices, programs and initiatives that exemplify best-practices related to the various components of Pennsylvania's Balanced & Restorative Justice mission and Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). Offerings will be repeated in both the morning and afternoon sessions for conference participants. It offers the unique opportunity to network and participate in plenary sessions, workshops, professional caucuses, awards programs and Resource Day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Professional Caucuses

The conference will begin on November 4th with opportunities for participants to join with colleagues from their area of specialty within Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system in Professional Caucuses, and to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.

Juvenile Defender Training

Juvenile defenders from across Pennsylvania are invited to attend the Conference on Juvenile Justice, and participate in a separate training track developed exclusively for them on Wednesday, November 4th.

Youth Awards Program

The 2015 JCJC Youth Awards Program will honor young people selected as winners in the Creative Expression and Outstanding Achievement Contests. The theme for this year’s Youth Awards Program is "Motivation->MyLife". Also, a highlight of this year’s program will be the presentation of the James E. Anderson Juvenile Justice Youth Scholarship Award to two deserving youth in recognition of their resiliency and accomplishments. This award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Juvenile Court Section.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Conference Welcome and Morning Plenary Presentation

“Bolstering Balanced and Restorative Justice: Celebrating Our History, Continuing Our Growth”
On Thursday morning, November 5th, the plenary presentation will be provided by Mark Carey, President of The Carey Group, a national consulting firm that provides training and technical assistance to numerous criminal and juvenile justice agencies. Mr. Carey has a unique history with Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, having provided technical assistance and support with the initial efforts to implement Balanced & Restorative Justice (BARJ), as well as playing a critical role in the development and continuing rollout of our Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). Utilizing this perspective, his plenary session will focus on connecting BARJ and JJSES through a historical look at these two most critical and influential components in the history of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.


This year's training workshops will highlight practices, programs and initiatives that address trauma and related issues, or that exemplify best-practices related to the various components of Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). Offerings will be repeated in both the morning and afternoon sessions for conference participants.
  • Putting Research Into Practice – JCJC Graduate Education Program Practicum Projects
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is it? How Should We Respond?
  • NeuroResource Facilitation for Youth with Brain Injury
  • Crossover Youth: Partnering for Better Outcomes
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma
  • The Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act
  • Enhancing Services to Victims of Juvenile Offenders
  • Youth Level of Service (YLS) Data Analysis: 2010 - 2014
  • Enhancing Your Probation Officers’ Knowledge About Safety
  • Detention Risk Assessment & Graduated Responses
  • Developing Motivational Interviewing Skills Across Systems
  • SPEP Performance Improvement Plans: Increasing Program Effectiveness
  • PACTT Affiliates: Implementing Program Improvements to Enhance Academic and Career Technical Training
  • Respecting Differences: The Disproportionate Minority Youth (DMC) Youth/Law Enforcement Curriculum
  • The Role of Delinquency Prevention in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy

Thursday Afternoon Plenary Session

“Balanced & Restorative Justice: The Story Behind the Redefinition of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice Mission”
In January of 1995, newly elected Governor Tom Ridge called the General Assembly into Special Session to focus exclusively on the issue of crime. Special Session No. 1 of 1995 would see the passage of 37 separate bills, 15 of which affected the juvenile justice system in some fashion. Together, these laws collectively represent the most dramatic changes in the history of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system. The most significant of the new laws was Act 33, which included the redefinition of the very mission of the juvenile justice system to require “…balanced attention to the protection of the community, the imposition of accountability for offenses committed and the development of competencies to enable children to become responsible and productive members of the community.”
Now, 20 years later, Balanced and Restorative Justice remains the core mission and purpose of our juvenile justice system. This panel discussion session, moderated by Keith Snyder, Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission includes many of the key actors involved both directly and indirectly with crafting this historic shift to what is now widely known as a national model of juvenile justice.

Annual Awards Program and Dinner

The Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission will, once again, honor both individuals and programs for outstanding service to Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.

Friday, November 6, 2015


Resource Day

The 2015 Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice will once again conclude with Resource Day. Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn about new, innovative, and creative approaches to working with juveniles and their families. We invite individuals representing public and private residential and community-based programs, technological products, and other relevant services available to the juvenile courts in Pennsylvania to meet with conference participants during this informal session that concludes the conference.