Barbara was member of Greene County Juvenile Office’s development committee to implement the first “Evening Reporting Center (ERC) in Missouri for court-involved juveniles.


As the Chairperson for the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee at Greene County Juvenile Office, Barbara launched the first “Cultural Competency Educational Series.”  This series established an open/structured forum to address sensitive subjects pertaining to race, class, and ethnicity.  

2009 - 2010

As a Staff Therapist for Indianapolis Public School #58, Barbara spearheaded the first mental health program for students within the educational setting providing wrap around services to both children and their families with successful outcomes following.


As a Behavior Analyst, Barbara developed and implemented the first Behavior Modification program for the Sexually Maladaptive population at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility which decreased negative behaviors exponentially.


As Regional Manager of the National Youth Advocate Program, Barbara raised the Indianapolis, Indiana region’s foster care program census, as well as other therapeutic and case management services.  NYAP’s overall organizational growth has increased exponentially, through Barbara’s intentional strategy of strengthening collaborative partnerships between organization stakeholders.


As Clinical Director of the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center, Barbara was able to revitalize an under-performing treatment program and significantly enhanced the clinical services delivered by licensed mental health professionals and case managers. Under her leadership, youth who had been incarcerated for long periods of time where able to successfully complete treatment and show steady improvement for re-entry consideration by the juvenile courts.


2000 - 2005

Reed reorganized and restored a failing Charter High School in Kansas City, Missouri


In a collaborative effort with Greene County Juvenile Office, Reed facilitated the development and implementation of the first Evening Reporting Center (ERC) in Missouri for court-involved juveniles and the first court-facilitated Community Fair in Springfield, Missouri.



Reed was selected to Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative’s Inaugural “Applied Leadership Network,” designed to recognize, strengthen, and support national JDAI reform leaders. He was one of fourteen chosen nationally by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to strengthen juvenile justice reform within their respective jurisdictions.

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JDAI Applied Leadership Network Graduating Class



DeShane Reed was selected in a nationwide search to oversee the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center as Superintendent following a United States Department of Justice consent decree.



Indiana’s Federal Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt stated, "Mr. Reed has the needed skill set of administrative and hands-on experience that will sustain and enhance the reforms we’ve diligently worked on these past few years."  Pratt further stated,  “Reed’s personal story of overcoming obstacles, coupled with his experience working with at-risk teens, detention center management and JDAI, uniquely positions him to lead the center (Juvenile Detention Center) forward.

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Annie E Casey Foundation JDAI Newsletter 

Marion County, Ramsey County Newsletter

Indianapolis Facility Hosts Community Fair 

Juvenile Center Helping teens evolve spiritually, mentally and socially



October 2010

Reed was selected by Washington D.C. based “Center for Children’s Law and Policy” (CCLP), to serve as an expert facility assessment team consultant.  The team assessed two Juvenile Detention Centers; one in Brooklyn and the other in Bronx, New York. 


April 2011

Reed was selected by the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and the W. Hayward Burns Institute, to participate on a National Strategic Planning Committee to address the over-representation of minority youth within the Juvenile Justice System.


October 2011

As the Superintendent, of the Marion Superior Court Juvenile Detention Center, Reed led the facility out of being under a Department of Justice “Consent Decree,” which involved 33 Protection from Harm and Safety standard violations to having the case dismissed from the “Consent Decree” in April 2011

 United States Department of Justice Facility Assessment Consultant stated, “In my time of being a consultant, no other Juvenile Detention Center, nationally, being under government oversight; has successfully satisfied all deficiencies within the allotted timeframe.”

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Marion County Juvenile Center rebounds after failing grade

Juvenile Detention Center No Longer Under Federal Control


March 2012

Reed was selected to collaborate with the Philadelphia; P.A. based “Juvenile Law Center,” to serve as an expert facility assessment consultant in a litigation case stemming from “Conditions of Confinement” issues.


November 2012

Under Reed’s leadership, Marion County Juvenile Detention Center was selected by the American Correction Association’s (ACA) to be one of two Juvenile Detention Centers in the United States to serve as a test site for their upcoming 4th Edition facility standards. This will allow MCJDC to be the first Detention Center in the United States to be ACA Accredited under ACA’s newest standards.


In October 2014 DeShane was solicited to assumed leadership and stabilize Arkansas’ largest residential treatment facility for justice-involved adolescents. Upon arrival, the facility’s environment was plagued with systemic inconsistencies, low staff morale and deteriorating customer confidence.  DeShane achieved control of the underperforming facility through establishing and executing a strategic resurgence plan, which entailed strengthening staff competencies through professional development trainings, as well as re-assembling the senior management team and established departmental strategic goals. By June 2015, the clinical and educational programs showed notable progress. The staff culture was healthy, serious and critical incidents were significantly decreased and customer relations had vastly improved. In August 2015, DeShane lead the facility to becoming an American Correctional Association (ACA) accredited facility (2015-2018) by earning 100% compliance in more than 270 ACA Standards. 



In December 2016, DeShane published and released the The Art of Holistic Security, a best practice  comprehensive Operations Manual for Juvenile Justice Facility leaders, managers, and direct service professionals. The Art of Holistic Security introduces the Success-Centered Societal model, a renewed holistic strategy in ensuring safety and security. The Success-Centered Societal model re-examines and repackages customary institutional functions into flexible easy-to-apply operational approaches, which focuses on a) protecting juvenile rights; b) safeguarding quality of life; and c) providing well balanced programming—all of which lays the necessary foundation to ensure Holistic Security. 



In August 2017, DeShane partnered with the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia in presenting before the U.S. Senate on "Ending Solitary Confinement" in juvenile justice facilities. DeShane served as the subject-matter expert on developing and leading healthy juvenile justice facilities which does not rely on the use of Solitary Confinement.