News for Immediate Release
Aug. 22, 2014
− The Pennsylvania
Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Evidence-based Prevention and
Intervention Support Center at the Pennsylvania State University recently
received an award from the National Criminal Justice Association for criminal
Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Northeastern Region was
presented to both organizations at the National Forum on Criminal Justice
conference held in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) partnered with the
Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at the Pennsylvania
State University (EPISCenter) to distribute and facilitate the implementation
of evidence-based juvenile-justice programs designed to prevent and address
youth violence, delinquency and substance abuse.
EPISCenter provides communities with free, high-quality technical assistance
and training for proven, effective programs that span youth developmental
periods and comprise both universal prevention and targeted intervention
Executive Director Linda Rosenberg and Chairman of the Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee, Jim Anderson, attended the ceremony
to accept the award on behalf of the commission. Dr. Stephanie Bradley, the
managing director of the EPISCenter, was also on-hand to receive the award.
child’s formative years help determine the path they take later on in life,”
Rosenberg said. “That is why delinquency prevention efforts are key to reducing
crime in the long run. PCCD’s goal is to continue to promote evidence-based
programs and facilitate their use by local organizations and providers
throughout this commonwealth. We wholeheartedly thank the NCJA for recognizing
our joint efforts with the EPISCenter.”
Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are given out annually to five
criminal justice programs as a way to seek out and share successful criminal
justice programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to
address crime-related issues in their communities. The winning programs are
recognized as innovative and can document concrete results. Programs are
evaluated in how they can:
an important criminal justice issue;
collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies and disciplines;
quantitative evidence of accomplishing program goals;
a good example of the use of federal funds to initiate a program that is
eventually supported through state and local funds; and
be easily replicated in other jurisdictions.
information on the National Criminal Justice Association please visit http://www.ncja.org.
To learn more about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program awards and view
previous winners, visit http://ncja.org/outstanding-criminal-justice-program-awards.
PCCD’s mission is to enhance the quality and coordination of
criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services
to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities. For
more information, visit www.pccd.state.pa.us or call 717-705-0888.
Media contact: Luanne Melia,