PbS Partners with Greene County, MO to Implement Zero Tolerance

Posted by Barbara Chayt
November 18, 2013

There’s no debate that zero tolerance for sexual abuse is a mandatory and moral requirement for facilities that hold some of our most vulnerable youths. In preparation for the national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and audits of youth correction and detention facilities, the Performance-based Standards (PbS) program has started a pilot project with the Greene County, Missouri, Detention Center to identify ways to support agency and facility efforts to create safe, healthy cultures free of sexual abuse.

The Greene County Detention Center, led by superintendent Marie Swope, obtained a grant from the National PREA Resource Center that selected the use of PbS outcome data to help establish and sustain a zero tolerance culture. PbS, a 20-year-old program committed to treating all youths in custody as one of our own, provides national standards for implementing best practices in youth residential facilities and a continuous improvement process that collects performance outcome data that measures and monitors the quality of life, services and conditions of confinement.

Working together, Greene County and PbS are creating tools and approaches for all facilities to use to comply with PREA by integrating a holistic approach to zero tolerance into facilities’ continuous improvement efforts. By creating safe and healthy culture and continually monitoring the climate and activities, facilities will not only reduce and eliminate sexual abuse but sustain zero tolerance. PbS is unique among the many standards and accreditation efforts because it emphasizes using data to drive change, ensure the highest quality of life and conditions, measure specific issues such as sexual abuse and continually monitor what is happening to youths and staff in facilities and the families and communities they come from.

Stay tuned to learn more!