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Issue Briefs

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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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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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.

Understanding What Makes Justice-Involved Youths Prepared and Ready for Reentry

In Performance-based Standards’ (PbS) latest brief, Understanding What Makes Justice-Involved Youths Prepared and Ready for Reentry, Executive Director Kim Godfrey describes the significance of collecting perception data from youths about their preparedness for reentry in addition to existing administrative data about services offered. The brief also describes the recently laun ...

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Reducing Isolation, A Report on the Key Findings of National Isolation Data

This June 2019 report highlights key findings on the use of isolation and room confinement including historical trends and changes in PbS data. Reducing Isolation, A Report on the Key Findings of National Isolation Data ...

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.

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