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Source: US State of Pennsylvania

January 17, 2020

Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release
Governor Tom Wolf announced the members of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force. The bipartisan and interbranch Task Force, launched last month by Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders and justices, will deliver a report with data-driven findings and policy recommendations to strengthen Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system to leaders by Nov. 30.
“The members of the Task Force were selected for their expertise in various areas surrounding the juvenile justice system, including youth members who bring a unique perspective and experience to this important topic,” Gov. Wolf said.
The Task Force is co-chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Jay Costa, Rep. Tarah Toohill, and Rep. Mike Zabel.
Members include:
Appointed by Governor Wolf:
James Anderson, Former Executive Director (retired), Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
Andrew Barnes, Executive Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Kevin Bethel, Special Adviser for School Safety, School District of Philadelphia
Megan Black, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County
Quimon Broady, Youth Member
Russell Carlino, Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Department, Allegheny County
Dominick DiSalvo, Senior Director of Clinical Services, KidsPeace
Cynthia Figueroa, Deputy Mayor, Office of Children and Families, City of Philadelphia
Steven Guccini, Commissioner, Pike County
Helen Gym, Councilwoman At-Large, Philadelphia City Council
Dan Jurman, Executive Director, Office of Advocacy and Reform
Haundray Muir, Youth Member
Michael Pennington, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Tara Piechowicz, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Jonathan Rubin, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families
Tiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education, Duquesne University School of Law
Richard Steele, Executive Director, Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Scott Talley, Acting Director, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services
Joseph Werner, School Social Worker, Pennridge School District
Appointed by the Legislature:
Sen. Lisa Baker, Senate District 20
Sen. Scott Martin, Senate District 13
Sen. Jay Costa, Senate District 43
Sen. Anthony H Williams, Senate District 8
Rep. Karen Boback, House District 117
Rep. Tara Toohil, House District 116
Rep. Kristine Howard, House District 167
Rep. Mike Zabel, House District 163
Appointed by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:
Judge Douglas Reichley, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, 5th Judicial District
Over the next year, the group will assess the state’s system and review data from court and state agencies, gather input from diverse stakeholders, and examine how current practices can better align with research about what works best to improve youth outcomes.
“This task force is the next important step toward protecting vulnerable young Pennsylvanians and I look forward to its thorough review of our juvenile justice system with the goal of making lasting change that ensures every young Pennsylvanian is getting the support needed to grow into a successful adult,” said Gov. Wolf.

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