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Performance Based Standards

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) has partnered with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) to utilize Performance Based Standards (PbS), a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies to the highest standards for operations, programs and services. PbS was launched in 1995 by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

The IDJJ receives PbS reports for each of its six facilities. The reports are based on a review of internal metrics, and surveying a random sampling of youth and staff at each facility with data collection every six months. The reports cover a range of issues, including: Health, Safety, Family Engagement, and Programming. Additionally, the reports compare the Department’s outcomes to juvenile justice agencies across the country.

For further information about PbS, please visit the PbS Learning Institute.