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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 - 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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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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