The Association is recorded as being organized on January 11, 1921, in Harrisburg, PA. Twenty-seven people from twelve counties (Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Chester, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lehigh, Lycoming and Philadelphia) felt the need for a state conference on behalf of probation and parole officers to share and exchange ideas, to advance methods and to establish standards in the field of juvenile and adult probation, parole and institutional care. It was also set as a goal to support appropriate legislation and to cooperate, whenever possible, with movements promoting the prevention of crime, as well as advocating progressive treatment of those involved in the justice system.
PAPPC remains the only professional association in Pennsylvania whose membership is open to all juvenile and adult criminal justice practitioners.
The Association is a volunteer group with support and recognition from many aspects of the criminal justice field. It is noted in Purdon's Statutes. Although PAPPC continues to perform a valuable function, it could do more if all those connected with it would contribute, not only by membership, but by some form of active participation. Come join us and lend your personal support and expertise as well as underwriting history as an important part of the justice system.
What are our objectives?
Article II of the Association By-Laws set forth the PAPPC Objectives:
- To provide the opportunity for continuing professional development
- To promote professional standards and practices in the fields of juvenile and adult probation, parole, and corrections that lead to community safety
- To advocate and promote appropriate legislation for the progressive treatment and prevention of delinquency and crime
- To increase public understanding of probation, parole, corrections and victim services
How does it all work?
PAPPC combines expertise from all areas of the criminal and juvenile justice System. Through an elected Executive Committee, responsible for the conduct of the Association's daily business, and through the establishment of 3 Regions, PAPPC seeks to accomplish its objectives by providing a forum for open and honest communication and activity.
- Publishes "The Journal" to keep its members informed of the latest developments and issues in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems.
- Committees to review matters relating to: Legislation, Membership, Public Relations, Education and Professional Development, etc.
- Conducts an Annual three-day Training Institute and Regional Workshops to maintain the professionalism of its members and other interested persons.