Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Karen Monahan

Research Associate II


236 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-5857

Karen Monahan has extensive experience with evaluation of state court initiatives and legal services organizations, and with performance measurement for local non-profits. She directed an evaluation of a domestic violence pilot project at five of Maine’s District Courts that included the development of a procedures manual for judges, clerks, and court security officers involved in domestic violence cases. She directed the reassessment of Michigan’s Court Improvement Program (2005) and co-directed the reassessment of the State of Connecticut’s Court Improvement Project (2006), which in both cases studied those states’ compliance with federal and state mandates and standards of practice in the handling of child protection cases. As a member of the management team of the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, Ms. Monahan oversees the analysis and reporting of data for the STOP Program (approx. 2400 subgrantees from all 56 states and territories) and provides training and technical assistance to STOP administrators and other VAWA grantees on how to complete the progress reporting forms. Ms. Monahan’s background is in legal services, civil litigation, and market research.

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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