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.

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Drumming Up Talent from Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center

Posted by Jonah Schennum
July 07, 2017

The Performance-based Standards (PbS) State/Agency Coordinators Training and Awards Night in Chicago, Illinois is now only a few months away. Participants are waiting to see the results of PbS’ annual Kids Got Talent Contest.

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60 Day Notice of Upcoming NSYC for PREA

Posted by Mike Dempsey
June 07, 2017

Here is the link to the 60 day notice of the upcoming National Survey of Youth In Custody (NSYC) for your reference.

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Nine Finalists Selected for the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards Overcame Seemingly Insurmountable Challenges

Posted by Kim Godfrey
June 16, 2017

Challenges facing staff and leaders working in juvenile justice facilities can seem daunting: getting kids to stop fighting, convincing staff to use alternatives to room confinement or restraints when kids act out, making staff and kids feel safe and increasing contacts between youths with families. Like standing at the bottom of a tall mountain ready to hike to the summit but not being to see the top because it’s in the clouds. Too far away, too complicated to find, too difficult to reach.

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14 Performances Advance to Finalist Round in 2017 Talent Contest

Posted by Kim Godfrey
May 22, 2017

Congratulations to the 14 finalists of the 2017 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest and thank you to the numerous facility staff and agency leaders who supported all of the contestants. Giving youths opportunities to shine, be recognized for doing something positive and feel good about themselves is one of the key tenets of the research-based developmental approach now reforming juvenile justice systems across the country. It’s not always the easiest or most intuitive thing to do, in facilities or families, as parenting my own three adolescents/young adult children has shown me.

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