PbS Perspective July 2015 Highlights Facility Performance in Key Areas

Posted by Lisa Martinek
July 21, 2015

Earlier this year, Performance-based Standards (PbS) released the first in a series of publications that offers a snapshot of the conditions of confinement and quality of life in secure facilities. The PbS Perspective January 2015 was well-received and we are pleased to announce the next in this series—the PbS Perspective July 2015!

When PbS reflected on what we have learned over the past 20 years, we realized that looking at data is the first, fundamental step to positive change. Our newest publication shares aggregate data from April 2015 that highlights facility performance in key areas proven to impact youths’ safety and healthy development. Although the publication only shares a few pieces of all the data we collect, the information paints a picture of facility life and gives you an idea about priorities and the current state of juvenile facilities.

Some highlights from the PbS Perspective July 2015:

  • Nearly three-quarters of youths reported that their facility has a good school program;
  • Many staff said they value family members as partners in their work with youths, but not as many said that they have better results when working with families;
  • Staff overwhelmingly agreed they received the training they need to do their job; and
  • About half of youths reported that someone from the facility explained what trauma is and why it matters.

These are only a few of the highlights from the PbS Perspective July 2015. To learn more about isolation, race and ethnicity, staff training and support, education, family, zero tolerance and trauma, read the PbS Perspective or our issue briefs, which delve deeper into specific topics.