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PbS Data Snapshot: What Young People Say Matters

NCJ Number
Kim Godfrey Lovett
Date Published
October 2022
2 pages

This document shares the perceptions of justice-involved youth regarding their preparedness and readiness for reentry into society.


This document is part of an effort to set standards for juvenile justice agencies with the goal of ensuring that all youth feel seen, heard, and valued, as well as being screened for immediate physical and mental health and educational needs. This document presents responses that Performance-based Standards (PbS) participants sought from youth about their preparation and readiness for reentry, focusing on the critical transition from confinement to the community or termination of post-placement supervision. Survey questions were based on 11 practice domains that have been shown to be likely factors in youths’ ability to thrive after experiencing the criminal justice system, including well-being and feelings of safety, life purpose, hope for the future, education, employment, financial security, stability of housing, family, support infrastructure, and community connection.