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The 2016 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 2-4, 2016 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.

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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 2, 2016

Professional Caucuses

The conference will begin on November 2nd, 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 3rd.

Youth Awards Program

The 2016 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 "Progress: Creating Options & Owning Decisions". 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.

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Joseph Gonzales provides a compelling message of inspiration and encouragement from his life experiences, readily sharing a poignant story of hope and survival after experiencing several personal tragedies. He has spent many years mentoring youth and helping them to develop the roadmap necessary to maximize their abilities and achieve success. Mr. Gonzales has been fortunate to work collaboratively with the Honorable Judge Mark Tranquilli, Juvenile Court Judge from Allegheny County, and Russell Carlino, Director of Juvenile Probation also from Allegheny County.  He values these and other relationships as they contribute to positive initiatives within the court system as well as the community. In addition, Mr. Gonzales serves as an advocate for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole where he has the opportunity to help influence system-involved persons overcome obstacles and make positive changes.​

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Conference Welcome and Morning Plenary Presentation

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Dr. Frances Jensen, Professor of Neurology and Chair of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will be the featured Morning Plenary Speaker. Author of the book, “The Teenage Brain”, released by Harper Collins in January 2015, Dr. Jensen is an advocate for the awareness of adolescent brain development, its distinct strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as the impact on medical, social, and educational issues unique to teenagers and young adults. Her presentation, “Inside the Teenage Brain”, will focus on connecting the ever-growing body of research on adolescent brain development with juvenile justice policies and practices.

Dr. Jensen is also the Co-Director of the Penn Translational Neuroscience Center and a Trustee of the Franklin Institute. She formerly served as Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience, and senior neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  She is a graduate of Cornell Medical College and did her neurology residency training at the Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency Program. ​


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.


Workshop Materials 

   Click on the name of the workshop to download a copy of the materials.

  • Trauma Assessment and Treatment: What Judges Need to Know - MORNING ONLY
  • The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol: What Judges Need to Know - AFTERNOON ONLY

Thursday Afternoon Plenary Session

Jim Dill

​Mr. James Dill will be the featured speaker for the Afternoon Plenary. His presentation, “Teens and Technology: The Hidden Dangers”, is unique, interactive, and eye-opening.  Mr. Dill will share information on supposedly self-destructing photo apps, secret messaging apps, information hidden in digital photos, location sharing, sextortion, and the way some juveniles are hiding things from their parents, teachers, and law enforcement. In addition to showing the hidden dangers of technology, he will also provide tools, resources, and advice to help navigate the world of teens and technology.

Mr. Dill is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Indiana University of PA, with a BA in Criminology. He is a 30 year veteran of the PA Office of Attorney General, with 27 of those years in the unit responsible for investigative technology and counter surveillance matters. He currently serves as a subject matter expert and instructor for his own company (ITIS, LLC) as well as Alutiiq International and the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.  His “Darker Side of Technology” series has provided valuable insight and understanding on the misuse of today’s technology to probation officers, law enforcement, judges, businesses, victim advocate groups, educators, and community organizations across the country.


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 4, 2016

Resource Day

The 2016 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.