Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Publications: Justice Policy

Date Titlesort ascending Type
2008 Targeted Interventions Could Ease Maine's Prison and Jail Populations [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2012 Recidivism Rates of Youth Discharged from Supervision 2006 - 2009 Report
2012 Recidivism Rates of Committed Youth, 2006 - 2009 Report
2008 Property and Violent Crimes Increase in 2006, But 30-Year Trend is Downward [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2009 Probation in Maine: Setting the Baseline Report
2009 Probation and Split-Sentencing in Maine. In Brief Project Brief
2013 Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers Report
2011 Parent Coordination Services: A Guide for Policy Makers Report
2009 Maine's Women Offenders: What Do We Know? Report
2008 Maine Department of Corrections Annual Juvenile Recidivism Report Report
2014 Maine Crime & Justice Data Book 2014 Report
2009 Maine County Justice Data Reports Report
2012 LGBTI Populations: Their Safety, Your Responsibility Video
2013 Implementing and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice in Juvenile Justice: A Case Study of a Rural State Journal Article
2014 Gender-Responsive Policy Development in Corrections: What We Know and Roadmaps for Change Research and Policy Brief
2013 Gender Responsive Correctional Policies in the United States: A Policy Bulletin Report
2009 Disproportionate Minority Contact in Maine: DMC Assessment and Identification Report
2015 Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System Report
2011 Connecting to the Community: A Case Study in Women's Resettlement Needs and Experiences Book Chapter
2014 Building Bridges Towards Safety and Accountability to End Domestic Violence Homicide Report
2014 Barriers and Successes in U Visas for Immigrant Victims Journal Article
2011 Annual Juvenile Recidivism Report Report
2013 Advancing the Use of CBT with Justice-Involved Women Book Chapter
2012 2012 Maine Juvenile Justice Data Book Report
2011 2011 Maine Crime Victimization Study Report

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.

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