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History of the Organization

In 1967, Chief Juvenile Probation Officers from across the state met to form an organization that would represent their ideas, their standards for probation services and their desire to improve the juvenile justice system.

The Council speaks out collectively on topics such as: services to delinquent and dependent children, training, research, standards, professional status and compensation.

On November 14, 1997, in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Council, the Governor of Pennsylvania cited the Council for its leadership on juvenile justice issues and for its diligence and dedication in creating a better system of rehabilitation for the youth of Pennsylvania.


Statement of Purpose:

We dedicate ourselves to working in partnership to enhance the capacity of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system to achieve its balanced and restorative justice mission by:

  • Employing evidence-based practices, with fidelity, at every stage of the juvenile justice process;
  • Collecting and analyzing the data necessary to measure the results of these efforts; and, with this knowledge,
  • Striving to continuously improve the quality of our decisions, services and programs.