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New Report: Drug Offense Trends and Drug Offender Recidivism in Maine

For years, Maine’s criminal justice and public health systems have grappled with the issues of substance abuse, drug and alcohol‐related offending, and treatment for various addictions to legal and illegal substances. The body of knowledge on drug offenders and drug offenses in Maine, however, has not kept pace with the urgent need to respond to an array of drug‐related issues in communities.

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, enhances the knowledge base by public safety drug arrest trends (with comparison to other states) and recidivism rates of drug offenders admitted to probation in Maine.

Key findings include:

  • Drug arrests increased dramatically in Maine over the last 25 years, from 1,747 in 1986 to 5,912 in 2010. The share of drug arrests as a percentage of all arrests in Maine rose from 4.1 percent in 1986 to 10.9 percent in 2010.

  • Arrests for marijuana offenses remained the most prevalent type of drug arrests at 58.7 percent of all drug arrests in 2010. However, the percent of marijuana arrests compared to all drug arrests declined from 80.5 percent of all drug arrests in 1995 to the 58.7 percent mark in 2010.

  • Drug offenders had lower rates of re-arrest for a new crime (21.9 percent) than non-drug offenders (24.4 percent) at one and two years after admission to Maine's adult probation system.

View the full report: Drug Offense Trends and Drug Offender Recidivism in Maine

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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

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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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