2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Correction Category

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
July 10, 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 correction category, seven semi-finalists were chosen before narrowing the field to three finalists.

The correction category semi-finalists included:

  • Juvenile Corrections Center-St. Anthony, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, whose improvement plan focused on family engagement and increasing family survey participation;
  • Stanislaus Juvenile Commitment Facility, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA, whose improvement plan focused on reducing the duration of room confinement;
  • Woodside-Treatment, Vermont Department for Children and Families, whose improvement plan focused on improving staffing to address facility safety; and
  • Kansas Juvenile Correctional Center-West Female, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services, whose improvement plan focused on tracking self-harm and suicidal behavior and was chosen as the Honorable Mention in the correction category.

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

  • Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, whose improvement plan focused on facility safety;
  • Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division, whose improvement plan focused on staff safety; and
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, whose improvement plan focused on increasing family engagement.

Stay tuned for spotlight blogs featuring each of the finalists in the correction category every Monday this month!

The 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.