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PbS Announces Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

This year’s applications for the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award were truly the most difficult to judge to date.

Nearly 30 applications were received describing inspiring stories of successful reforms and demonstrating leadership and commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own, the overarching criteria to be selected a winner. The applications were so strong that PbS could not narrow the field down to just nine finalists after the first round of review as has been done the last ten years of the award. Instead, PbS is proud to announce 16 semi-finalists will advance to the next round and compete to become a finalist. The winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, three in each of the facility categories: correction, detention/assessment and community residential.

The first review of the applications was done internally using a weighted scoring process that considered each application question response and the overall application quality. Seven correction applications and six detention/assessment applications were too close to call and thus, the new round of semi-finalists was created. Only three applications were received for the community residential category and all three will advance as semi-finalists.

The applications this year focused on improving a range of topics from increasing safety to reducing restraints to increasing family participation and family survey rates. The semi-finalists based their improvement strategies on research and evidence-based practices, included staff and youths and established meaningful communications within the facility or program. They showed creative use of limited resources, reaching out to the community and recognizing successes. The semi-finalists are:

Correction:

  • Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Juvenile Corrections Center-St. Anthony, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • Kansas Juvenile Correctional Center-West Female, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Stanislaus Juvenile Commitment Facility, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA
  • Woodside-Treatment, Vermont Department for Children and Families

Detention/Assessment:

  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, LA
  • Hadley Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • Nampa-Observation and Assessment, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, Sacramento County Probation Department, CA
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Detention, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA

Community Residential:

  • Grace Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Mowlds Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Snowden Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services

Stay tuned to find out which facilities move on to become finalists!

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 which 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.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:51 PM