Although Maine has one of the lowest incarceration rates of any state for both men and women, between 1999 and 2004 the state experienced an increase of 114 percent in incarceration of women, the largest increase in the nation. This study provides a descriptive analysis of the characteristics of women entering Maine's probation system in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and examines the factors contributing to recidivism, defined as an arrest for a new crime (misdemeanor or felony) while under probation supervision. The study finds that recidivism rates of Maine's women offenders vary considerably by county and by offense type. The study concludes that Maine's women offenders are quite diverse in terms of criminogenic risk domains that relate to recidivism, which carries implications for effective case management
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Maine's Women Offenders: What Do We Know?
July 1, 2009