Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Parent Coordination Services: A Guide for Policy Makers


This Guide is designed to assist policymakers, courts and attorneys in deliberations and decision-making on enabling legislation, licensing standards, rules of court, appointment letters or contracts, and the scope of appropriate authority and functions for court-appointed parent coordinators. The Guide also offers courts and attorneys a yardstick for assessing the propriety of engaging parent coordinators in various types of child custody cases, especially those cases in which domestic violence is alleged by a party or included in a court's findings of fact. The Guide provides information about law and practice related to parent coordination services and then raises issues for consideration by those contemplating the establishment of parent coordination services to support courts and/or families in child custody dispute processes, in particular the issues raised when domestic violence is present.

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December 15, 2011

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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