2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Detention Category

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
August 14, 2017

Congratulations again to all finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. The field of applications was so strong, for the first time in 11 years of the award, Performance-based Standards (PbS) expanded the field to include semi-finalists. In the detention category, six semi-finalists were chosen before narrowing the field to three finalists.

The detention category semi-finalists included:

  • Hadley Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, for fostering a more family-focused and inclusive environment for youth and families;
  • Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, Sacramento County Probation Department, CA, for reviewing use of force processes to reduce injuries and improve safety; and
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Detention, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, for working to improve youth safety with a focus on zero tolerance for sexual abuse and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Hadley Assessment was chosen as the Honorable Mention in the detention category.

After further internal review, PbS determined the three finalists for detention and shared the applications with the Selection Committee, eight seasoned youth professionals, researchers and leaders, who scored each one. The detention category finalists are:

  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, LA, for reducing youth fear for safety by engaging with the youth to determine the cause;
  • Nampa-Observation and Assessment, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, for reducing the use of isolation and restraints; and
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA for reducing the duration of isolation and room confinement well in advance of upcoming legislation.

Stay tuned for spotlight blogs featuring each of the finalists on Mondays this summer!

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 which 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.