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Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (FPJDC) in Covington, LA as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. FPJDC was selected as a finalist for their multi-dimensional plan to improve safety.

Through the years of working with PbS and their coach, the PbS team at FPJDC learned the importance of data collection and the need for continuous improvement, year round, in order for a facility to succeed. Through daily data collection, FPJDC noticed an unusually high amount of assaults and fights. It was important to them to make this a facility-wide improvement plan to align with their commitment of providing a safe and secure detention experience to all detained youth and their families.

They started by implementing a new youth orientation class and by meeting with new youth weekly. Weekly meetings provided opportunities to explain the facility rules and programming and to answer any questions or concerns. After each class, the new youth would receive a quiz to ensure the information was taught effectively.

Additionally, the PbS team created a multi-disciplinary mentor committee to focus on youth involved in a various number of incidents. All departments were involved to help develop one-on-one mentoring of youth and setting goals for improving their behavior while teaching rational ways to overcome issues.

Lastly, they implemented a mediation process; engaging youth with disagreements designed to teach them how to problem-solve appropriately before issues escalated to fights.

Overall, these goal-focused plans helped the youth find outlets to discuss issues before resorting to fighting. Constant support from staff in understanding the program and individual mentoring help each youth to succeed daily.

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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Multi-disciplinary committee meeting

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Staff with PbS Coach Lois Jenkins

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 2, 2018 at 5:24 PM