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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

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Juvenile Probation

Sally Barry is the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.  The office is located on Oak Street.

The mission of Pennsylvania's Juvenile System is commonly referred to as "Balanced and Restorative Justice" (BARJ).

Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System is guided by the following purpose of Act 22, The Juvenile Act, at 6301:

"Consistent with the protection of the public interest, to provide for children committing delinquent acts, programs of supervision, care and rehabilitation which provide balanced attention to the protection of the community, the imposition of accountability for offenses committed and the development of competencies to enable children to become responsible and productive members of the community."

Juveniles between the ages of ten and seventeen years, who are alleged to have committed a delinquent act (crime), are referred by police, other law enforcement agencies, district justices, and other juvenile courts.  All cases receive an Intake Interview which allows for advising child and parent of the right to counsel.  This also provides for determining if the child readily admits to the charge, gathering family history information, and establishing whether or not the case will be handled formally or informally.

Informal dispositions are determined during the Intake and might be a warning and dismissal of the charge.  Informal handling of a case may also include some counseling, payment of restitution to the victim, and a relatively brief period of supervision by a probation officer, generally not exceeding a period of three months.  A hand-written letter of apology and/or a tour of the Lebanon County Correctional Facility may also be required.

A formal disposition may also be imposed and is called a Consent Decree.  This is official probation supervision but allows for the charge(s) to be dropped following six months of satisfactory compliance and behavior.

The formal disposition is that imposed by the Court following an Adjuciatory Hearing.  This may include anything from dismissal of charges (due to insufficient evidence) to placement in a state or private facility for delinquent youths.   Placement facilities vary from 30 day Wilderness Programs, boot camps, weekend placements, residential programs (6-12 months), to secure treatment facilities.

Juvenile Probation Supervision generally requires youthful offenders to report to the juvenile probation department regularly.  Probation Officers will provide counseling and advice to the offender and parents/guardians towards preventing continued delinquent behavior.  Officers determine rules and special conditions for each client and will make collateral contacts in the home, school, and community.

Special conditions are almost always included with a youth's probation and/or placement program.  These are individualized to each offender's circumstance and may include any or several of the following:

Letters of Apology Drug & Alcohol Evaluation/Treatment
Prison Tour Mental Health Evaluation/Treatment
Restitution School-Based Probation (Lebanon City)
Community Service Drug Testing
VORP (through Jubilee Ministries Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) Intensive Probation
Aftercare (youths in placement) Individual/Family Therapy

Juvenile Probation Officers are required to hold a Bachelor's Degree in the behavioral sciences or Criminal Justice.  The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, Harrisburg PA established this criteria and standards for the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System.   This includes a comprehensive orientation program for new officers and a mandatory 40 hours of training per year for all professional staff.

bulletBOOT CAMP: On October 1, 1998, County Commissioners voted to sign an agreement with Northwestern Youth Services to provide juvenile placement services for the period of October 1, 1998- June 30, 1999.   Among the services is a Boot Camp designed to provide a three month period of highly regimented programming for delinquent males between the ages of 15 and 18.   The program will bring tougher 32 cadets on the same date, to remain together as a group until graduation.  The mission is to develop an "espirit de corps," with an expectation of responsible behavior on a consistently enforced normative system.
bulletThe basic model is not dissimilar from the true military boot camp experience.   Cadets wear uniforms and live in barrack style accommodations.  The program emphasizes education, wilderness and outdoor challenge experiences, physical conditioning, community service restitution projects, positive peer group interaction, and discipline.   Staff will be confrontational.  The group experience is used as the means for behavior and attitude change, yet the program respects the uniqueness of the individual and provides counseling to assist each cadet in organizing his objectives and meeting his own individual goals. 
bulletThe youth who graduate from Boot Camp will have a positive self image, a sense of direction, a set of attainable objectives for the future, an understanding of the consequences of delinquent behavior, and a comprehensive aftercare plan.  For many, this will represent their first success.
bulletYouth for this facility include nonviolent offenders who have not yet developed a lengthy history of delinquent behavior.  These are the youth about whom it is said, "we need to do something quick and early to get their attention".  Their "buy-in" to this three month experience may be in lieu of possibly more restrictive or longer dispositions.