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Family Visitation, Behavioral Incidents, and Staff Safety Concerns in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Performance-based Standards (PbS) recently published a research brief written by Jennifer Woolard, PhD and Alyssa Mikytuck, MPP, of Georgetown University's Department of Psychology, finding an inverse relationship between family visitation and behavioral infractions.

The brief, “Family Visitation, Behavioral Incidents, and Staff Safety Concerns in Juvenile Correctional Facilities,” details the researchers’ work analyzing PbS’ administrative, incident and staff survey data from 2011 through 2016.

PbS invites researchers to use PbS data to help the field better understand and assess practices used in residential facilities and programs. PbS can provide de-identified aggregated data for correction, detention, assessment and community-based programs. Additional information including an application and instructions to access the data is available on the PbS website here.

Family Visitation, Behavioral Incidents, and Staff Safety Concerns in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

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PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October.  PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.

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