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Discarded face mask during COVID-19 pandemic

Introducing the PbS COVID-19 Stories

The pandemic came on quickly. It required juvenile justice agencies to immediately and daily change operations to keep youths in facilities safe and healthy as well as the staff who work there and their families. PbS went beyond the data to collect their stories.

The Stories

Staff at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility

Responding to an Outbreak

Staff from Indiana Department of Corrections credit frequent communication as a key factor when reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deena Corso director of the Juvenile Service Division (JSD) at the Multnomah County, OR, Department of Community Justice

Half as Many Youths in Detention

Since March, the number of youths in the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center dropped from 64 to the mid-to-high 30s.

Staff at the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center

Stronger than Before

Faced with the challenges of a pandemic, the staff of the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department feel stronger as a team now than ever before.

Staff of Rutherford House in Shreveport, LA affected by COVID-19

It Just Wasn’t My Time

COVID-19 affected nearly one-third of the staff at Rutherford House in Shreveport, LA

How has COVID-19 Affected You?

We continue to write about the impact of the pandemic using individual stories shared from the field. Tell us yours by taking our five minute survey! 

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