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Data Snapshot - Responding to the Pandemic: Fewer Youths in Custody

In April 2021, the average daily population in detention centers and correction facilities continued to decline slightly and remained below pre-pandemic numbers. Policy changes to admission, transfers and releasing youths may have contributed to fewer youths in custody.

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Data Snapshot - COVID-19 Prevention and Protection Strategies

During the month of April 2021, 90% or more of PbS participating facilities were implementing the majority of recommended pandemic responses. Agencies created strategies to reduce the impact, presence and spread of COVID-19. 

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Congratulations to the 2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalists!

Launched in 2015, the annual Performance-based Standards (PbS) Kids Got Talent Contest celebrates and showcases the many and varied talents of young people in juvenile justice facilities. Despite the many challenges and obstacles the year brought, PbS received many outstanding entries as talented young people weren’t going to let the pandemic stop them from sharing their impres ...

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Ferris School Block Party

Ferris School Named Finalist for the 2021 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Ferris School in Wilmington, DE has been named as a finalist in the correction category for the 2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for their impressive work creating a safer environment for staff and young people in their care.

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Students conversing.

2021 PbS Scholarship Winners Paying it Forward

They are future engineers and entrepreneurs, artists and athletic trainers, mechanics and mathematicians. The youths who applied to the 2021 PbS Scholarship Award expressed a wide range of ambitions and aspirations in their applications to advance their educational goals. But a common thread ran through every youth application: Hope. Hope for opportunities, hope to create a meaningful life and hope to give back.

Data Snapshot - Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

One year into the pandemic, data from 148 facilities across the country show a 4% positive test rate for the COVID-19 virus among youths and less than 2% among staff during the month of April 2021.

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PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Congratulations to the 2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Finalists

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award that recognizes facilities that best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths as one of our own. We were pleased to receive several applications this year – all using PbS’ data-driven improvement model to develop and implement strategic plans that changed their practices and services.

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Young man writing application for Reentry Award

Sometimes the Smallest Gifts Can Make the Biggest Difference

“I want to be the one who breaks the chain of poverty in my family. My plan when I get out is to get a job to help me stay focused and out of trouble,” one young man wrote to us in his application for the 2021 PbS Reentry Award.

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Reentry – The Importance of Hearing From Young People

April 26-30 is National Reentry Week, placing special focus on the importance of reentry and supporting and preparing young people to start afresh successfully and fulfil their potential. PbS added the voices of young people leaving facilities during 2020 to the discussion and showed the importance of hearing directly from them about their readiness and preparation for reentry.

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Understanding Reentry Through Data

Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Very little has changed for young people when they leave juvenile justice facilities. They return to their communities to face the same disadvantages, discrimination and barriers that they struggled with previously, and which likely resulted in their system involvement: unstable living situations, difficulties with school, poverty and lack of access to the basic necessities needed for healthy adolescent development. Their situation becomes more challenging when they leave because their involvement with juvenile justice makes it even harder for them to get back into school, get hired for a job, enlist in the military or be eligible for public housing.

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