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Congratulations to PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists and Winners

Connecting with families and ensuring young people have support in the community, recognizing and responding to trauma and creating space and programming for older youth were the focuses of the 2023 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award finalists and winners. We’ve come a long way in juvenile justice.

Change, reform, transformation – however you refer to it – it isn’t easy. This year’s five finalists prove that intentional, data-driven efforts can lead to better outcomes for young people in our correction and detention facilities. Congratulations to all!

The competition was tough. The Selection Committee votes were close. We are very proud to announce this year’s winners and finalists:

For Correction facilities:
Winner: Illinois Youth Center- Pere Marquette, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Finalist: Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services

For Detention facilities:
Winner: Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District
Finalists: Hartford Juvenile Detention Center, Connecticut Court Support Services Division and Stevenson House Detention Center, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitation Services

The winners will be honored during the 2023 PbS Awards Night Gala Aug. 11 in Philadelphia.

The PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor PbS’ champion at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice upon her retirement. The award is given annually to facilities and programs that best exemplify the guiding principle that Barbara instilled in us from the beginning: Treat all young people as one of our own. The winners demonstrate how committing to research-based standards and using PbS continuous improvement program to measure performance meeting the standards results in positive outcomes for young people, their families and staff.

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About the author

Kim Godfrey Lovett

Kim Godfrey Lovett

Kim is the executive director of the PbS Learning Institute. Kim was hired when CJCA incorporated in 1994 and has worked since it's inception to create the PbS system of continuous improvement to help facilities and agencies raise the quality of life and better conditions of confinement in youth facilities nationwide. She earned two master’s degrees: in journalism (Northwestern University) and criminal justice (Northeastern University.) She worked as a newspaper reporter for seven years prior to joining CJCA.

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