Facility-Wide Practices Overview

Juvenile Corrections

Overview and key principles of practice as they relate to facility-wide practices for juveline justice. Historically, juvenile correctional facilities have operated under a deficit- or punitive-driven model when addressing the behavioral and academic needs of youth with disabilities. However, we have learned across time that rooting intervention in youth’s strengths and building systemic approaches for proactive discipline models (e.g., positive behavioral interventions and supports [PBIS]) yields positive results. In fact, the first principle in guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice on providing high-quality education in correctional facilities focuses on building a facility-wide climate that ensures that youth are safe and have access to individualized supports. Facility-wide practices also can ensure the continuity of services and ultimately create an environment for youth that promotes their well-being and their social-behavioral and educational success. Facility-wide practices are strategies implemented across facility settings (e.g., educational and residential) by all personnel (e.g., administrators, corrections officers and security staff, educators, and related service and other health providers). Professional development, training, and ongoing coaching support should be integrated for the successful implementation of facility-wide practices

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