With the closing of a segregation unit at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), Division of Youth Services, transitioned the space to offer a Transition Reentry Independent Living Unit. According to an lengthy article by the IDOC Executive Director of Youth Services, Mike Dempsey, and posted on the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators website, the move was a direct result of IDOC’s involvement in the Performance-based Standards (PbS) and the research concerning the harm of long-term solitary confinement.
The new housing unit allows more freedom of movement within the unit, plus the typical groups and educational programming. In addition, the students are working through the 40 Development Assets system developed by the Search Institute, which teaches skills and values that children will need to become successful adults. The children have more self-responsibility (such as using an alarm clock) and more responsibility for the unit (weekly cleaning, dayroom expectations, etc.).