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2021 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice

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Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice: Building Strong Alliances with Youth, Families, Victims, and Communities

Again in 2021, we presented our entire conference virtually, complete with a LIVE Awards Ceremony, Plenaries, Workshops, and a Virtual Exhibitors directory! We hope that you were available to join us from the comfort of your own space.  

If you missed the live event, and wish to get access to the recorded sessions, you may request access at   

Wednesday, November 3

Professional Caucuses
1:00—2:30 PM
Chief/Service Provider Forum
2:45—4:00 PM
Judges & Hearing Officers Training
1:00—4:15 PM

Thursday, November 4

Opening Plenary
9:00—10:15 AM

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James P. Harris, Jr., the current Superintendent of the Woodland Hills School District in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania will discuss building relationships and creating an environment conducive of positive youth development. 

were offered: 
Thursday, 10:30—11:45 AM and Friday, 9am—10:15 AM
The workshops featured a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Social Media Addiction
  • The Role of Context and Culture in Evidence-Based Practices Implementation 
  • The Role of Courts and Probation in Delinquency Diversion and Prevention
  • Restorative Justice in Practice
  • Cultural Competency
  • The Workplace Connection on Staff Engagement, Productivity, and Retention
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: A Probation and Provider Partnership
  • The Pennsylvania Academic, Career, and Technical Training Project
  • Restorative Justice in Practice
  • The FirstMatch Program
  • Ten Years of the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP™) in Pennsylvania
  • The Juvenile Justice Task Force
  • Autism Awareness for Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Understanding Adolescent Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

41st Annual Awards Program
1:30—3:30 PM

Friday, November 5

Closing Plenary

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Dr. Brian Lovins, PhD., a Principal with the consulting group, Justice System Partners, will deliver a closing session that will inspire participants to re-center on the purpose behind the implementation of system reforms and evidence-based practices. 

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