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NCJ Number: NCJ 241902    
Title: Family Guide to Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Doreen Barkowitz ; Kelly Franklin ; Mary Hunninen ; Wendy Luckenbill
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
United States of America
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 28
  Annotation: Written for families with a child being processed in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, this guide assists these families in understanding the State’s juvenile justice system, so the family members can be better prepared to work closely with juvenile justice staff in promoting positive outcomes for their children.
Abstract: This guide is intended as a reference source for families that can answer questions they may have about how Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system operates as a youth moves through various stages from time of arrest until he/she is released from the juvenile court’s supervision. The guide first explains how the juvenile justice system differs from the adult criminal justice system so as to focus on a youth’s age-related needs and treatment that addresses the problem behavior that brought the youth into contact with the juvenile justice system. The processing of juveniles in Pennsylvania reflects a 1995 statement by the State legislature that bases the juvenile justice system on the principles of “balanced and restorative justice.” Under such a system, the goals are community protection, the youth’s accountability for the harm done by delinquent acts, and competency development that involves positive change in attitudes and behaviors. A flow chart depicts the various decision points and stages in the process of juveniles, followed by descriptions of the roles of various juvenile justice professionals who serve in the juvenile justice system. A statement of the legal obligations of the youth’s attorney is also provided in the guide. One section of the guide suggests ways in which parents can advocate for their child by their compliance with the juvenile justice system’s requirements and cooperation in efforts to hold the youth accountable and provide treatment services. Specific areas of juvenile justice processing are explained in detail. 12 references, a glossary, and a listing of services and supports for families
Main Term(s): Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Parent education ; Family support ; Juvenile delinquent family relations ; Parent-Child Relations ; Pennsylvania
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
c/o Juvenile Court Judges' Cmssn
Room 401, Finance Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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