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Juvenile Justice Week

The Juvenile Justice Week proclamation, signed by Governor Shapiro, designates October 1–7, 2023, as Juvenile Justice Week, calling on Pennsylvanians, government agencies, institutions, and schools to raise awareness and understanding of juvenile justice. The proclamation highlights the mission and principles of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system. It emphasizes the importance of providing balanced attention to community protection, offender accountability, and the rehabilitation of juveniles within the system. The proclamation also underscores the principles of restorative justice, with a focus on repairing harm to crime victims and communities and ensuring that all parties involved, including victims and offenders, receive tangible benefits from their interactions with the juvenile justice system. Lastly, it emphasizes fair and unbiased treatment in all aspects within the system.

Governor Wolf today signed a proclamation citing October 2 through 8 as Juvenile Justice Week. This annual proclamation brings attention and awareness to the mission and vision of juvenile justice in the Commonwealth as well as the programs and initiatives that have made Pennsylvania a national leader in juvenile and child welfare programming.

Each year, counties throughout Pennsylvania sponsor annual Juvenile Justice Week activities to enhance public understanding of the juvenile justice system and to pay tribute to all those who are part of this important effort.

In addition, the James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice will return to the Hilton Harrisburg on Wednesday, November 2 through Friday, November 4, 2022. This year, the Conference returns to an in-person event, and Resource Day will be held on Friday, November 4 between 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

JCJC invites providers to join the conference as an exhibitor at Resource Day, where your organization can inform and educate a wide variety of conference attendees, including but not limited to juvenile court judges, juvenile court hearing officers, juvenile probation staff, attorneys, providers, and other system stakeholders.

As a small sign of JCJC’s appreciation, exhibitor fees for this year’s Resource Day are waived. The announcement provides details regarding this year’s conference.

RCPA supports and celebrates the Pa. Juvenile Justice System and Juvenile Justice Week of 2022. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.