Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Evidence Based Practices for Correctional Clients - What Works

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, November 30, 2012, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
About the Training?
  • Primer of evidence based practices in corrections
  • Orientation to elements of  strong correctional programs
  • Overview of Maine DOC’s Preferred Provider List program
Who should attend?
  • Program directors
  • Lead clinicians and others who have decision making authority regarding program development and improvement
What's in it for me and my agency?
  • Free, high quality staff training with refreshments
  • Networking with colleagues at DOC and across Maine
  • Potential inclusion on Maine DOC’s preferred provider list resulting in new referrals
  • Practical opportunities to reflect on your program’s strengths and opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate evidence based practices and performance based outcomes for requests for proposals to be issued by Maine Department of Corrections
What steps does my agency/program need to take?
  • Attend Evidence Based Practices with Correctional Clients at USM or UMO
  • Complete online program self assessment with USM Muskie School’s Justice Policy Program within 30 days of conference
  • Work with program recommendations to submit Program Improvement Plan to DOC

Erica King, MSW is a Policy Associate the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and a Senior Associate with Orbis Partners.. Ms. King works with organizations in Maine, the United States and Canada to evaluate correctional programs, provide training and technical assistance, and design organizational and workforce development strategies around the implementation of evidence based, gender-informed practices . She is the co-author of Connecting to the community: a case study in women’s resettlement needs and experiences. In Sheehan, R., McIvor, G. & Trotter, C. (Eds.) Working with Women Offenders in the Community (2010). New York: Willan Publishing.

Wells Conference Center - University of Maine, Orono
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Sheri Moulton
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Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

2015 Maine Crime Victimization Survey Report

Findings for the 2015 Maine Crime Victimization Report, released on December 1, 2015, were discussed at a press release forum at the Muskie School of Public Service. This report highlights findings from telephone interviews conducted with 843 randomly selected Mainers on whether they had been a victim of criminal or unwanted behavior (e.g. violent crime, property crime, threats of violence, identity crime, and stalking) in the past 12 months. 

After the presentation a distinguished panel responded to the findings and offered comments.

2015 Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System Report

A new report released by the Muskie School of Public Service reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.

"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System" examines racial disparities in the system and provides recommendations on how to move toward racial equity. Robyn Dumont, Erica King and George Shaler of the Muskie School's Justice Policy Program authored the mixed-method report.

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