Congratulations to the 2016 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
May 10, 2016

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2016 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award recognizing facilities for young offenders that best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

The finalists were selected from about 20 high-quality applications from across the country that developed and implemented strategic plans to change practices and services using PbS’ data-driven improvement model that resulted in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families. In addition to demonstrating with data they improved the conditions of confinement and quality of life, the finalists were selected because they linked the improvement strategies to research, developed thorough sustainability plans and connected daily operations with the ultimate goal of providing effective and developmentally-appropriate care for youths placed in residential facilities.

The six finalists addressed significant challenges facing facility leaders and staff including reforming adult-oriented cultures to be youth-focused and less punitive, increasing volunteers and volunteer programming, improving reentry services, reducing and eliminating harmful practices such as isolation and restraints and creating developmentally-appropriate behavior management systems.

The 2016 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists are:

Correction Category:
• Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Tecumseh, OK
• Ferris School, Wilmington, DE
• J. Paul Taylor Center, Las Cruces, NM

Detention and Assessment Category:
• Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center, Bridgeport, CT
• Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Covington, LA
• Southwest Utah Youth Center- Detention, Cedar City, UT

“All the applications reflect what we have learned over the past 20 years about how to treat adolescents placed in youth justice facilities as kids and how to help them mature to be healthy productive adults – it’s awesome to see such demonstrated and documented commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own,” said PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey. “Despite the changing laws and leaders, politics and funding, there is tremendous good work being done on behalf of youths entering the justice system. It’s not easy and it’s not done, but it is imperative we recognize what works.”

One winner in each category will be selected and honored at the PbS State/Agency Coordinators Training and Awards Ceremony Aug. 5 in Boston. Be sure to check back frequently for spotlight blogs about the finalists’ specific efforts to treat all youths in custody as one of our own.