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Making Young Persons' Reentry Successful

Adolescent development research over the last decade tells us what justice-involved young people need to be successful when they leave residential placement and/or exit community supervision: education, employment, family and community connections, stable housing, at least one positive adult relationship, confidence, resilience, and hope - to name a few.

As part of a cooperative agreement with Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Performance-based Standards (PbS) operationalized the research findings into reentry practice standards and data to measure how well the practices are implemented - shifting the field from a focus on preventing and measuring failure, aka recidivism, to positive youth outcomes. Juvenile justice leaders from Alabama, Kansas and Rhode Island shared how they use data to create successful reentry programs and strategies.


  • Kim Godfrey Lovett, Executive Director, PbS Learning Institute
  • Megan Milner, Superintendent, Kansas Juvenile Correctional Center
  • Larome Myrick, Executive Director, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Shannon Weston, Executive Assistant to the Director/Director of Quality Assurance, Alabama Department of Youth Services


  • Ransom Washington, Program Manager with OJJDP

Opening Remarks:

  • Liz Ryan, Administrator with OJJDP
Date Published: June 20, 2023