Juvenile Justice Related Sites

Chester County Youth Center:
The Mission of the Chester County Youth Center is to provide secure, safe custody, to promote the health and well being of youths committed to its care, and to create an environment that fosters social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Crime Victim Center Of Chester County:
The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. provides free and confidential services to victims and their family members and significant others who reside in or were victimized in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Juvenile Court Judges' Commission (JCJC):
The Commission is responsible for advising juvenile courts concerning the proper care and maintenance of delinquent children; establishing standards governing the administrative practices and judicial procedures used in juvenile courts; establishing personnel practices and employment standards used in probation offices; collecting, compiling, and publishing juvenile court statistics; and administering a grant-in-aid program to improve county juvenile probation services.
JCJC: Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure
Juvenile Act of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
Mission Statement: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency promotes a collaborative approach to enhance the quality of justice through guidance, leadership and resources by empowering citizens and communities and influencing state policy.
Vision: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency strives to be a state and national leader by providing innovative services and programs that promote justice for all citizens and communities of Pennsylvania.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP):
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is responsible for the development of policy recommendations and the administration of federal and state funds to support programs designed to improve the Commonwealth's juvenile justice system, and to prevent violence (committed by and against children and youth), delinquency, substance abuse, school dropout, teen pregnancy, and related problem behaviors among children and youth. Responsibilities include the following: provide support for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee and its various subcommittees, and as directed by the Committee, prepare reports containing recommendations regarding juvenile justice system improvements and strategic plans for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Pennsylvania.

Justice Network (JNET)
Pennsylvania’s Justice Network (JNET) is a secure virtual system for the sharing of justice information by authorized users.
JNET is a collaborative effort of municipal, county, state, bordering states and federal justice agencies to build a secure integrated justice system. Prior to JNET, each state agency had its own computer systems and databases. This resulted in a fragmented justice environment in which information sometimes took days or weeks to get to the appropriate agencies. JNET helps solve this problem and represents an unprecedented leap forward in information sharing and cooperation among local, county, state and federal agencies. JNET provides a common on-line environment whereby authorized users can access offender records and other justice information from participating agencies.

Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
The Council reviews, and when appropriate, responds to issues and legislation that affect juvenile justice in the State as well as conducts in-depth and routine review of Juvenile Court and probation standards.

Ongoing education and training for probation officers and child care staff is encouraged and supported by the Council. Council members suggest topics for the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJTR) annual training programs. Recent programs have focused on Balanced and Restorative Justice issues and practices, victim services, satanic cults, educational law, probation officer safety, cultural diversity, gangs, etc. In addition, Council members instruct courses in the undergraduate and graduate Criminal Justice Program numerous institutions of higher learning. In addition, they are key presenters at various national conferences and workshops. The Council and the Commission support many common areas concerning juvenile justice issues jointly. Many training and educational initiatives are collaborative efforts between these 2 influential organizations.
The Council's knowledge, experience and professionalism continue to positively influence the quality of juvenile justice throughout the nation. 
 National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), located in Pittsburgh, PA. is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is the oldest juvenile justice research group in the United States, having conducted national and sub national studies on crime and delinquency since 1973. NCJJ was founded by the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., now a Senior Federal Judge in Pennsylvania's Western District Court.

NCJJ is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is effective justice for children and families through research and technical assistance. For four decades, NCJJ has conducted research and provided objective, factual information that professionals and decision makers in the juvenile and family justice system use to increase effectiveness.
Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania 
The Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania, Inc (JDAP) began in 2005 with a small group of passionate juvenile justice defenders who called themselves the Statewide Leadership Group. The group became incorporated and has rapidly grown over the past 9 years in order to further the goals and work in the interest of delinquent, disadvantaged youth across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services:
The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services is a statewide organization of private agencies. Our members are the service providers who provide the direct "hands on" programs and supports needed to achieve and maintain permanency and safety for children and youth and stability for families.
The safety and well being of Pennsylvania's children and their families have long been held as priorities by private agencies who share a deep commitment to keeping children safe, families strong and communities involved.

The Pennsylvania Juvenile Law Center:
The PA Juvenile Law Center ensures that the child welfare system, the Juvenile Justice systems and other public systems provide vulnerable children with the protection and services they need to become happy, healthy and productive adults.