Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES)
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES) is “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.”

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Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol Webinar Series

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Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP)
The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) is a scoring system. It is used to estimate the impact of juvenile justice programs on reducing recidivism. The SPEP is a validated and data-driven rating system for evaluating program effectiveness.

» SPEP Score
» Preparing for SPEP
» Research behind SPEP
» Appendix of SPEP Resources
» SPEP Related Presentations
» SPEP Contact Information


Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ)
According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) serves as the foundation for the Juvenile Justice System in Pennsylvania, which directly supports the purpose/mission of the juvenile justice system.

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