Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

About Justice Policy

The Justice Policy Program (JPP) at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy informs policy development and practice in civil, criminal, and social justice systems in Maine and nationally. Our applied research, training, and technical assistance builds capacity and improves community health and public safety.

Justice Policy People

Areas of Focus


Criminal Justice
The Justice Policy Program engages with local and national organizations to provide training, technical assistance and program evaluation services aimed at quality implementation of data driven and evidence based practices. Contact Erica King for more information.


Juvenile Justice
The Justice Policy Program works with partners across the juvenile justice system to provide technical assistance, evaluation and performance measurement to ensure all youth experience a fair, equitable and responsive juvenile justice system across race, gender, ethnicity, geography and offense. Contact Erica King for more information


ALN pictureOrganizational Improvement
We assist agencies to measure and monitor ongoing quality improvements in agency practices and services. We develop customer satisfaction surveys, peer review tools, outcome measures and program evaluation processes as part of a larger agency CQI framework. Contact George Shaler for more information.


Statistical Analysis Center
The Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) informs policy development and improvement of practice in Maine's criminal and juvenile justice systems.  SAC conducts applied research, evaluates programs and new initiatives, and provides technical assistance, consultation and organizational development services. Contact George Shaler for more information.


Victims of Crime
We enhance the professional practice of Victim Advocates in all disciplines within the victim-of-crime field – domestic violence, sexual assault, prosecution, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, compensation, and Federal Crime Units. Our services include developing/delivering foundational and advanced training, ongoing technical assistance, and disseminating resources and supportive materials.  Contact person: Maureen Baker for more information.


Violence against Women and Families
Through our focus on Violence Against Women and Families we engage in policy analysis, evaluation, technical assistance, critical review of research, and public service that seek to support efforts to end domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking in persons, and dating violence and to promote justice and restoration for survivors of these crimes. Contact: Elisabeth Snell for more information.


Justice Policy Publications

New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

Photo of the cover of New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

This report, authored by Muskie School of Public Service researchers David Lambert and Julie Atkins, presents five strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making.

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Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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