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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 Data

Data Snapshot - Perspectives on Reentry During the Pandemic

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.

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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.

The Stories

The True Heroes are the Direct Care Staff

Staff at Massachusetts DYS has adjusted to new policies around family visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Quarantining Doesn’t Mean Isolation

Staff and youths at Alaska DJJ facilities have tried to find the upside to new procedures and ways of doing things during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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