Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

George Shaler accepts Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award for Statistical / Management at the National Forum on Criminal Justice in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Michee Jean, Youth Leader, Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief, & Erica King, Cutler Institute at Portland's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge Summit.
My Brother's Keeper 2015 Local Action Summit
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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

News & Events

Earlier this month, the USM Muskie School of Public Service co-hosted the 15th Biannual Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference, the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system.
This new report funded by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, and developed by the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) of the USM Muskie School of Public Service, provides public safety drug arrest trends and recidivism rates of drug offenders admitted to probation in Maine.
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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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