The Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was awarded this year’s Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award for their report, The Unsealed Fate.
A national panel of judges from the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) honored the Maine Statistical Analysis Center with this year's Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award for research/policy analysis reporting in the small SAC category, defined as those with fewer than five full-time staff.
The USM report detailed a juvenile records system that is inconsistent and misunderstood, and that often unintentionally punishes individuals long after their time in the system has ended.
“The Unsealed Fate report is an excellent piece of policy analysis and demonstrates the importance of the Maine SAC's role in informing the discussion around protecting juvenile records," said Jeff Sedgwick, JRSA's executive director.
The report was commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation, the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG); it was co-authored by Susy Hawes, Erica King, Mara Sanchez, and George Schaler.
Photo: Left to Right: Mara Sanchez, Erica King, Susy Hawes, and George Shaler