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Muskie co-hosts national conference on female offenders

On October 6-10, over 400 corrections professionals from across the country gathered in Portland, Maine, for the 15th Biannual Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, an event sponsored by the Association of Programs for Female Offenders and hosted by the Maine Department of Corrections and the USM Muskie School of Public Service.

AJFO, the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system, provides a forum for practitioners, researchers, state administrators, program directors, and advocates to discuss the needs, management, and treatment of female offenders.

Erica KingErica King, policy associate at the Muskie School with extensive experience in research, evaluation, and training related to corrections systems, helped organize this year’s AJFO conference, which featured workshops and presentations on gender responsive programming, trauma-informed practices, and other issues surrounding women in prisons.

AJFO was featured in the Bangor Daily News article “Experts: Number of women in Maine prisons has grown sixfold since 2002” and the WCSH 6 News piece “‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman.”

Learn more: Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference website

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Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Risk Assessment and Safety Planning with Battered Women
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
University of Maine School of Law - Moot Court Room

The Muskie School/Cutler Institute/Justice Policy Program and the University of Maine School of Law are offering the Risk Assessment/Safety Planning Brown Bag for the USM and greater Portland communities, as well as for the partners and colleagues of the Tri-County Advocacy Project, Lewiston, Maine.   Our goal is to create more dynamic collaboration between lawyers, law students, victim advocates, allied professionals and community members in engaging with battered women in the process of risk assessment and safety planning. 

The Brown Bag is free and open to the public.  Pizza available.  Small donation requested.

Registration is not required.  However, please advise Danielle Layton of your plan to participate.  She can be reached at or 228-8485.  If sending an email, please put Brown Bag in the subject line

Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join the USM Muskie School, Justice Policy Program for a brown bag lunch: Sexual Assault in the Military Film and Discussion, Wednesday, December 12th, noon - 2:00 p.m.

About the Film - The Invisible War is an investigative documantary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

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Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in Greater Portland

Join the Justice Policy program for a brown bag discussion of sex trafficking and exploitation on October 31

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