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Reentry Measurement Standards

Goals and Objectives

Recognizing the need to measure and better understand what works to keep youths on the path to successful adulthood when involved in the juvenile justice system, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) launched the Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards project in October 2015. The project’s goal is to provide the field with a set of national standards aligned with adolescent development research to measure the effectiveness of reentry services and quantify the path to achieve positive youth outcomes when youths return to their families and communities.

OJJDP selected the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute (PbS), the developers of the successful PbS standards and continuous improvement model for facilities and residential programs, to lead the project. PbS and its partners, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) and the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) are combining their expertise to develop a set of national measurement standards grounded in research and existing reentry best practices provided from the time a youth is confined through transition and post-release supervision.

The standards will establish the highest expectations for the delivery of reentry services and will be monitored by outcome measures reflecting the impacts on youths, families and communities. The final product for OJJDP will guide the field to implement practices supported by research, implementation science and adolescent development.

Project Activities

The first 18 months of the project were spent conducting an extensive review of the reentry literature and research and a field scan of existing reentry services, practices, tools and positive youth outcome measures. Juvenile justice and reentry experts, practitioners and researchers were consulted to verify and contextualize the findings and help translate them into the first draft set of standards.

Based on the preliminary work, the draft standards are organized by eight domains:

  • Fairness and Accountability;
  • Assessment;
  • Case Management;
  • Education and Employment;
  • Well-being and Health;
  • Family;
  • Community Connection and Contribution; and
  • Implementation.

For essential feedback needed to develop a final product that is meaningful and feasible to juvenile reentry programs and services, PbS and its partners will field test the draft reentry standards and performance indicators with those who collect and use the data as part of their daily work.


PbS and its partners will develop a set of national standards and outcome measures aligned with adolescent development research that monitor the effectiveness of reentry services and promote practices that result in positive youth outcomes.


PbS has shared a series of documents with project updates and findings of the literature review and field scan.

For more information please email: reentry@pbstandards.org.