2015 Finalist Spotlight: Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center
Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) in Tecumseh, OK as one of the finalists for the 2015 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the corrections category. The facility was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan on creating a safe environment conducive to helping youths acquire and use skills from their treatment program.
The team at COJC shared a common philosophy of a treatment-oriented approach rather than a correctional model. However, this shift required a complete change in culture, but the team at COJC wouldn’t let that stop them. An endless list of positive changes were implemented including offering college tours, developing an Honors Unit and replacing the black “storm trooper” uniforms with khakis and colored polos to present a non-threatening look to the youths. All of the changes resulted in a large decrease in injuries to staff and youths!
Carol Miller, Deputy Division Director, explains “COJC Administration feel they still have a long way to go but the change in COJC is both sustained and evidence based. They know they are making a positive difference in the adjudicated youth in Oklahoma and are steering a solid path with navigation assistance from PbS.”
The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara-Allen Hagen and her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Her dedication to improving the quality of life in facilities for young offenders has helped drive PbS to its current success. The award is given to a correction, detention/assessment and community program who best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own by developing and implementing strategic plans to change practices that results in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.
Winners of the award in the corrections, detention/assessment and community categories will be announced the night of the ceremony on Aug. 14, 2015. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.
This article was retrieved from the CJCA blog.