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Raising the Bar on Juvenile Reentry: Ways Judges Use Data

On January 27, 2022, Performance-based Standards (PbS) hosted a webinar featuring a panel of judges discussing their experiences, what reentry success looks like, what information they find most useful to determine placements, and more. This panel was moderated by Kim Godfrey Lovett, Executive Director of PbS, and Melissa Sickmund, Director of the National Center for Juvenile J ...

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PbS Awards Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is now collecting applications for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. We hope you take the opportunity to share and celebrate the improvements and achievements of your facility by submitting an application.

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The 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest is Now Open!

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce that the 8th annual Kids Got Talent Contest is now open! This contest is such a joy for our team and every year, we are impressed with not only the talented youths but the staff that support their creative abilities. We always enjoy hearing about programs holding their own talent contests as incentives for young people or ...

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Honoring Coach Russ: A Champion for Juvenile Justice Change

Russ believed in change – the ability for failing systems to transform and evolve, the power of leadership to make a difference and especially in the strength of disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around. In 2011, after decades of public service in Kansas as deputy sheriff, director of the Southwest Kansas Regional Detention Center, district magistrate judge and com ...

Stephen's Story: Changing Your Stars

Meet Stephen, former recipient of the PbS Education and Employment Foundation Scholarship and Employment Matching Awards. He describes the PbS Scholarship as a "bridge," one that allowed him to become the first young person in the Oregon Youth Authority to pursue his master's degree: "I definitely think the scholarships are that first catalyst. The first step in my success was ...

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Why Youth Justice Matters Every Month

Unlike many juvenile justice professionals, my role as Program Assistant at the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute (PbS) has very little direct interaction with the young people entangled in the system. Compared to the folks with the privilege of developing personal and meaningful relationships with the youths whom we serve, I am probably more detached from the huma ...

PbS 2021 Agency Coordinators Training

Nashville Extends a Southern Welcome to PbS Folks

On Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, more than 50 of our juvenile justice colleagues from across the country met in Nashville, Tennessee to kick off the annual three-day PbS Agency Coordinators Training (ACT). PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey-Lovett and PbS Deputy Director Akin Fadeyi were delighted to greet guests at the door of the Welcome Reception at the Omni Hotel, before surrendering the microphone to Davidson County’s own Mr. Antonio Bratcher. The Facility Director at Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC, Mr. Bratcher hosted the event with authentic Southern hospitality. While the chicken-and-waffle bar was a close runner-up, the best part of the night was witnessing old friends and new faces come together in-person for the first time since the 2019 PbS ACT in Boston, Massachusetts.

Naselle Barbara-Allen Hagen Award Winner

2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Naselle Youth Camp

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Naselle Youth Camp (NYC) in Naselle, WA as the 2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the correction category. Naselle was selected for their work in reducing confinement and shifting to a culture where youths are rarely in their rooms and never sent there as punishment.

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Illinois Youth Center Warrenville Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner

2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Illinois Youth Center- Warrenville Reception

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Illinois Youth Center- Warrenville Reception in Naperville, IL as the 2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the detention and assessment category. Warrenville was selected for their comprehensive work to implement best practices to ensure the facility is a safe and healthy environment for youths and staff.

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Data Snapshot - Use of Restraints and Staff-Youth Relationships

There were some positive changes during the pandemic that we want to learn more about: There were fewer uses of restraints in facilities and more youths reported positively about their relationships with the staff.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.