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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2017
 
 
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Celebrates Juvenile Justice Week in Pennsylvania
 
Harrisburg, PA. — October 1 through 7, 2017 has been officially proclaimed as Juvenile Justice Week in Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Wolf.  
 
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) plays a key role in supporting the juvenile justice system, and PCCD Chairman Charles Ramsey expressed his pleasure that the Governor has recognized its’ successes.
 
“Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing to the present day, the juvenile justice system has undergone a series of key reforms that have spurred system-wide success,” Chairman Ramsey said.  “Pennsylvania has long been recognized as a national leader in juvenile justice policy and practice, and I am proud that PCCD is part of this great effort.”
 
Under the joint leadership and partnership of the OJJDP, the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) and the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, other state and county stakeholders and local providers, the juvenile justice system has embraced the policy of ‘balanced and restorative justice,’ which focuses on the juvenile offender, the victim and the community, with an eye to making the victim whole again. 
 
In addition, the system has promoted the increased use of evidence-based programs and practices in the juvenile justice system and in delinquency prevention for at-risk youth.  As a result, recidivism rates, juvenile delinquency placements, and juvenile secure detention admissions have all significantly decreased since 2010. This translates not only for greater public safety for the state, but taxpayer savings as well.
 
“Pennsylvania continues as a national leader in juvenile justice system reform, and our outcome measures increasingly reflect this success on a yearly basis,” JCJC Executive Director Rick Steele said.  “It is an honor to celebrate these accomplishments with our system stakeholders, all of whom play a critical role in these accomplishments.”
 
For more information about the juvenile justice system, the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES) and a copy of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Plan submitted to Governor Wolf by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee on behalf of PCCD, please visit the PCCD website and JCJC website.
 
Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.
 
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