Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

George Shaler

Research Associate II


239 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 228-8344

George Shaler is a Research Associate of Criminal Justice and Public Health Programs at the Muskie School of Public Service. With over ten years of experience, Mr. Shaler provides program evaluation and consultation services to state and local government agencies as well as community-based organizations. During his tenure with the Maine SAC, Mr. Shaler has worked on the following criminal justice issues: Disproportionate minority contact Sex offenses Prison/jail health care issues Gun violence Community policing Juvenile recidivism School suspension/expulsion policies Mr. Shaler is most interested in the connection between criminal justice and public health issues. In addition, he is interested in projects that enhance the evaluation capacity in our partnering agencies. Mr. Shaler received a BA in Anthropology from Hamilton College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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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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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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