Strengthening PA’s Juvenile Justice System
12/20/2019
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Working Together to Strengthen Juvenile Justice

Working to boost public safety and accountability, and improve outcomes for Pennsylvania’s youth, state legislative leaders, justices and the governor joined together this week to announce a new interbranch effort to improve our juvenile justice system.

The newly formed Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force is charged with delivering data-driven policy recommendations to state leaders in a report by Nov. 30, 2020. The recommendations will form the basis for statutory, budgetary and administrative changes during the 2021-22 Legislative Session.

Despite efforts through entities such as the Juvenile Court Judges Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Commonwealth has one of the highest rates of juvenile commitment in the nation. The task force will work to address current challenges to improve the system.

The members of the task force, to be appointed by the three branches of state government, will represent a wide range of stakeholder groups that include legislators, law enforcement, judges, district attorneys and public defenders. The task force will receive technical assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Crime and Justice Institute.
 
 
Warmest Christmas Wishes to You and Yours

I would like to extend the warmest wishes for a merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family. May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer.

Please know that my district office hours are limited in light of the holidays. We will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 9 a.m. We will also close on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. and reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m.

PennDOT tells us that Route 209 (Mansion Hill House Road) will be open Saturday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 5. Work on the rock remediation project will resume on Monday, Jan. 6.

PennDOT’s Driver License Centers will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online at www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
In the District

Congratulations to Panther Valley Lumber Owner Bob Davidovich (left) and his staff on receiving the Black Diamond Award at the annual Lansford Alive Christmas Party. I also presented Bob with a House citation in recognition of the honor. Pictured with us is Lansford Alive President Chris Ondrus.

It was my pleasure to speak with BSA Girls Troop 209 about my job as a state representative as they completed the requirements for the citizenship merit badge.

I had a great time at the Mahoning Lions Christmas party, where I presented three members with House citations for their longtime service to the community. Congratulations to Thomas Zimmerman Jr., Dave Hontz and Ron Connors!
 
 
Local Student’s Artwork Selected for Drug-Free Calendar

Congratulations to Addison Horn, a fifth-grader from Palmerton, for having her artwork selected in the 23rd Annual Drug-Free Calendar Contest sponsored by the Office of Attorney General. Her entry is one of 13 created by students from around the state that were chosen to be included in the 2020 calendar. It was my pleasure to present Addison with a House citation in recognition of her outstanding achievement. Also pictured are her dad, Paul, and grandmother, Donna Horn, who is a member of my staff.
 
 
Celebrate Agriculture at 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation – kicks off Saturday, Jan. 4, in Harrisburg. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 11.

The show offers something for everyone with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors highlighting an industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to the state’s economy every year. Visitors will find food, entertainment and plenty of opportunity to learn more about how our food goes “from farm to fork.”

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook, or visit www.farmshow.pa.gov.
     
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