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Data Snapshot: What We Know about Length of Stay in Secure Facilities

To add to nationwide efforts to reduce confinement, PbS looked at more than 2,000 records of young people exiting secure correction and detention facilities between November 2021 and April 2022. In this PbS Data Snapshot, we share Youth Record data to describe the characteristics of young people and committing offenses according to length of stay.

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Tribute to Akin Fadeyi from Kim Godfrey Lovett

When Akin Fadeyi began working at Performance-based Standards (PbS), gas prices were $1.51 per gallon, Apple was launching iTunes, revolutionizing how we consume digital media, and George W. Bush was on the cusp of being inaugurated as the 43rd US President after a close and highly controversial victory over Al Gore. That was January 2001. Travel, technology and politics all ...

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Strategies for Staff Recruitment and Retention

More than 70 juvenile justice professionals from across the country gathered for a session at the 2022 PbS Agency Coordinators Training and described their challenges like the strain of having too few staff and employee burnout. They talked about the demanding jobs, inadequate pay, lack of respect, and difficulties recruiting and retaining individuals who want to help young people. They share their strategies and welcome additional creative and innovative solutions to the current staff shortages.

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Research Brief: Perceptions of Educational Reentry Preparedness among Detained and Committed Youth

Performance-based Standards (PbS) invites academics, researchers and students to access our comprehensive database to help us better understand the practices in juvenile facilities that result in positive outcomes. Research team, Kaylee Noorman, MS and Julie Brancale, PhD of Florida State University, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, evaluated educational reentry preparedness among youth being released from a residential program or facility using PbS Youth Reentry Survey data between October 2019 to April 2022.

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Celebrating PbS Awards Night in the Big Easy

In conjunction with the annual PbS Agency Coordinators Training (ACT), the PbS Awards Night took place in New Orleans on Friday, Aug. 5, with nearly 100 guests donning their best attire to recognize and celebrate each other. Sponsored by the PbS Education and Employment Foundation, the PbS Awards Night honors juvenile justice professionals as well as young award recipients. Am ...

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PbS Celebrates National Juvenile Justice Award Winners

The 2022 Performance-based Standards (PbS) annual Agency Coordinators Training (ACT) took place in New Orleans from Thursday, Aug. 4 – 6, bringing juvenile justice professionals together from states across the nation. Late Thursday afternoon, PbS staff including Executive Director Kim Godfrey Lovett and PbS Deputy Executive Director Akin Fadeyi welcomed guests at a reception i ...

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PbS Announces 2022 Kids Got Talent Contest Winners

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Kids Got Talent contest. The annual PbS Kids Got Talent Contest was established in 2015 to celebrate and showcase the creative talents of young people in participating correction, detention, assessment and community residential programs. This year, PbS received over 55 entries from 63 young people ...

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2022 Kids Got Talent Winner Performs Live at Awards Night

New Orleans, LA—Performance-based Standards (PbS) held their annual awards night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, and had the great honor of a live performance from one of the two solo artist winners of this year’s PbS Kids Got Talent Contest. Kay, from Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine Department of Corrections, performed an original vocal titled “I Don’t Want to Love You.” ...

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2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Mt. Meigs Campus

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Mt. Meigs Campus as the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the corrections category. Mt. Meigs Campus was selected for using PbS data to drastically reduce the number of incidents and confinement in the facility, as well as equally impressive percentage reductions in the average duration of confinement and use of ...

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2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Hartford Juvenile Detention Center

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Hartford Juvenile Detention Center (HJDC) as the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the detention and assessment category. HJDC was selected for their focus on increasing staff safety, addressing fear among staff and residents and drastically reducing the number of incidents in the facility. Congratulations to t ...

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