Juvenile Justice Task Force Update

Malik Pickett, Esq.,
PA State Capital

We are happy to report that the next Task Force meeting will occur virtually on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 3:00 pm EST, and will be streamed live. As you will recall, the past two meetings were canceled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis (links to the two new blogs). The next meeting will discuss the logistics of the Task Force moving forward including scheduling, an amended timeline, and future meeting dates. The meeting will also include an overview of the data questions the Task Force will discuss at future meetings.

The link to watch the Task Force meeting can be found on the Task Force website: http://www.pacourts.us/pa-juvenile-justice-task-force. Please be mindful that the virtual platform will require the following password to access the meeting: “PAJJTaskForce” (Quotations are not part of the password).

Currently, there are no means for public comment, or public participation in the meeting apart from viewing. The Task Force is still contemplating further changes to the process given the new virtual format, and we will continue to provide updates as we learn them.

About the Expert

Malik Pickett is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center who joined the organization in 2020. He advocates for the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system through litigation, amicus and policy advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Pickett worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Wade Clark Mulcahy, LLP where he litigated personal injury and construction defect cases.   

Prior to joining that law firm, Pickett functioned as legislative counsel for the Honorable Pennsylvania State Senators Shirley M. Kitchen and Jay Costa. While at the Pennsylvania Senate