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Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) in Logansport, IN as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. LJCF was selected for their multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of physical restraints.

The PbS team at LJCF noticed they had nearly tripled their use of physical restraints in a review of their October 2014 data and immediately started interactive conversations with staff regarding reducing restraints and improving the facility culture. Volunteers from each department comprised a Focus Group that met to develop ideas. These volunteers then met with students to get their ideas on how to reduce use of restraints. Management staff met with families during family activities to share information and seek suggestions for improvement. They encourage open communication at all levels for youth, staff and families and many of the ideas that were generated were implemented almost immediately. It was a total team effort.

The most significant change was involving the family in the physical force debriefing process. Although there were initial concerns among staff about discussing the physical confrontations with family members, this step has proven to be a positive factor in changing the youth’s mindset and has greatly improved the communication process between youth, staff, and family members. Using physical restraint footage as a staff training tool has also been effective in reducing the number of physical confrontations.

The PbS team at LJCF attributes their success to improved communication between staff, youth and their families, along with staff’s willingness to try new ways to positively interact with youth.

The PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara Allen-Hagen and her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Her dedication to improving the quality of life in facilities for young offenders has helped drive PbS to its current success. The award is given to a correction, detention/assessment and community program who best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own by developing and implementing strategic plans to change practices that results in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

Winners of the award will be announced the night of the ceremony on Aug. 3, 2018. Stay tuned for more blogs about the 2018 finalists.

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This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, June 25, 2018 at 2:05 PM