PbS looked at more than 6,000 surveys between April 2020 and October 2021 to understand the impact of COVID-19 on young people leaving residential care and rejoining communities. In this PbS Data Snapshot, we share Youth Reentry Survey responses to some of the questions and issues posed by the pandemic.
PbS produces regular publications, including issue briefs and research reports, with the goal to expand and enhance use of PbS data to better inform the field, national discussions and the public.
Data Snapshot: Responding to the Pandemic - Testing Prevalence and Outcomes in 2021
The pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus and its variants continues to dominate public discussions and exacerbate already difficult situations in neighborhoods, schools, places of work and of worship and in homes and institutions. Because of the nature of the virus and the reality of asymptomatic infections, it is impossible to know the exact number of positive cases that occur within these various contexts. Widespread testing, however, has proven to be the most useful tool for shedding light on the prevalence of the virus and the effectiveness of interventions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data Snapshot - Focus on Positive Change
This PbS Data Snapshot was written by Kim Godfrey Lovett, PbS Executive Director and includes data collected by PbS participating facilities during 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Data points discussed in this brief include use of restraints in facilities and youth perceptions on their relationships with staff.
Data Snapshot - Keeping Youths Safe
This PbS Data Snapshot includes data collected by PbS participating facilities during April 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Data points discussed in this brief include youths' perceptions of safety in facilities as well as rates of assaults, fights, and restraints in secure juvenile correction and detention centers.
COVID-19 Data Snapshot July 2020
This PbS Data Snapshot was written by Kim Godfrey Lovett, PbS Executive Director and includes data collected by PbS participating facilities during April 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Data points discussed in this brief include decreasing daily populations as well as racial and ethnic disparities in secure juvenile correction and detention centers.
Family Data Snapshot April 2020
This snapshot of Performance-based Standards (PbS) data from October 2019 reflects some of the benefits of improving the relationships between facility staff and family members and increasing the connection of families to their children.
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