Gov. Tom Wolf announces effort to overhaul juvenile justice in Pennsylvania

by Lisa Gartner, Updated: December 16, 2019- 5:39 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania leaders will spend the next year studying the state’s juvenile justice system and how to improve the safety of youths in its care, Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday.

State lawmakers and county judges will work with the Pew Charitable Trusts to create the Juvenile Justice Task Force.

Task force members, to be appointed within the month, will deliver policy recommendations to Wolf and the legislature by Nov. 30, 2020, so that any changes can be incorporated in the 2021-22 budget.

Joined by legislative leaders and justices at the Capitol on Monday, Wolf said his recently commissioned Council on Reform “identified justice-involved youth as a vulnerable population and said that our juvenile justice system needed significant reform.”

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