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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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PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Kids Got Talent Contest

A look at how the Kids Got Talent Contest encourages staff and youths in honor of PbS’ 25th Anniversary Celebration.

PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Kids Got Talent Contest

A throwback to the very first montage of the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest in honor of PbS’ 25th Anniversary Celebration. This contest was created five years ago as an opportunity for youths to be creative and share their abilities. Please no ...

Applications Now Open for the 2020 PbS Scholarship Award

The PbS Scholarship Application Form is available on the PbS website. The application requires a one-page essay describing how the applicant will use their education to pay it forward, a letter of recommendation and documentation or verification of acceptance into the educational program.

PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners

A review of how Ferris School accomplished their goals of winning a PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for their facility improvements in keeping kids safe.