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Congratulations to the 2019 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2019 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. PbS received 24 applications from youth correction, detention, assessment and community residential facilities and programs in 15 states describing how they improved conditions of confinement and the quality of life for youths and staff and exemplified PbS’ vision th ...

Inspiration and Appreciation: Celebrating Juvenile Justice Staff, Youth at CJCA and PbS Awards Night

The night’s refrain of support and appreciation for the work juvenile justice professionals do every day continued in a funny and touching way with the PbS Kids Got Talent Group Performance winning video, created by eight youths from Snowden Cottage in Delaware. They produced a news team complete with green screen and intro jingle to give advice from youths to both youths and s ...

Implementing Trauma-Informed Principles and Practices: What Staff, Youth and Families Say

This issue brief explores the perceptions of youth, staff and families regarding the implementation of trauma-informed principles and practices.

PbS Perspective July 2017

PbS Perspective July 2017 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2017 collection in areas related to family engagement.

PbS Perspective January 2017

PbS Perspective January 2017 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2016 collection in areas research shows impact education and recidivism outcomes.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Staff Training in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Staff Training carried out by the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate class, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Preventing and Monitoring Sexual Victimization

Effective and sustainable prevention of sexual victimization requires a holistic approach, as provided by PbS' comprehensive standards and measures monitoring facility safety, culture, staff-youth relationships and daily activities. PbS is pleased to share a new issue brief entitled: Preventing and Monitoring Sexual Victimization to connect PbS' data and processes with requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards mandating zero-tolerance for sexual victimization.

Using PbS Data and New Resources to Prevent and Monitor Sexual Victimization and Harassment

This issue brief looks at PbS data, tools developed in partnership with Greene County Detention Center in Missouri and the next steps for PbS in resource development connecting PbS data and processes with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.


What Youths Say Matters: A Historical Look

This issue brief compares the perceptions of youths on facility experiences from Youth Climate Survey responses from October 2010 and April 2016. Topics include living conditions, facility programming, fairness and safety, relationships with staff, connectedness with family and preparedness to return to the community.

PbS Perspective July 2016

PbS Perspective July 2016 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2016 collection in areas of safety and positive adolescent development.

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