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PbS is a data-driven continuous improvement process for juvenile justice facilities, community residential programs and reentry services to improve conditions and quality of life in our nation’s juvenile facilities. We offer research-based standards and performance measures that focus on:

Making Facilities Safe

Public safety and the safety of the youths, staff and visitors is the primary responsibility of confinement facilities. PbS standards and performance data focus on management practices that promote safety and wellbeing and minimize the risks of harm.

Monitoring Program Effectiveness

The challenge for youth facility leaders is to provide programming and services that both keep youths engaged and out of trouble and puts them on the path to becoming productive, purposeful citizens. PbS standards and performance measures focus on education and employment opportunities, health and behavioral health services and building life skills and competencies.

Achieving Positive Outcomes

Time in custody can and should be a catchment opportunity to help youths prepare to return to living with their families and community. PbS standards and performance measures focus on what research has shown are the most likely outcomes to prevent reoffending and give youths a meaningful second chance when they leave.

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REDUCE REOFFENDING

Juvenile Reentry

Youths leaving juvenile justice facilities and programs face barriers and challenges that must be addressed before they reenter their communities, families, schools and jobs in order for them to succeed.

It is truly amazing the culture change that PbS has fostered at our facility. As you know, PbS is a big endeavor but oh my is it ever worth it!

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Attendees from the 2018 PbS Agency Coordinators Training
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Creating the Next Normal at the PbS Agency Coordinators Training

Attended by over 100 juvenile justice professionals from across the country, the Performance-based Standards (PbS) annual Agency Coordinators Training was held virtually for the first time since it started in 2006. The two-day training bega ...

2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner Spotlight: Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (FPJDC) in Covington, LA, as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. FPJDC was selected as a wi ...

2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner Spotlight: McLaughlin Youth Center

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) in Anchorage, AK as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. MYC was selected as a winner for their comprehe ...

Staff at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility

Responding to an Outbreak

Staff from Indiana Department of Corrections credit frequent communication as a key factor when reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.