Evidence-Based Interventions in Juvenile Detention Facilities: The Role of Perceptions of Staff
Interventions for youth while incarcerated has come to national attention with President Obama’s executive order banning solitary confinement for youth in federal custody (Executive Order No. 2016-05232, 2016), which has encouraged policy makers to establish alternative interventions to reduce the use of restrictive housing. One possible intervention that may reduce restrictive housing is Positive Behavioral Support (PBS), which encourages positive interactions between youth and staff. This project will evaluate youth perceptions of treatment by staff while detained in facilities nationwide; understand how the perceptions of youth treatment by staff may relate to offending and behavior while detained in facilities using PBS interventions, and to disseminate findings regarding the implementation of evidence based interventions and effects of youth perceptions of staff to a wider audience in order to inform policy and practice.