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Maine Statistical Analysis Center Presents Deferred Disposition Study Findings to the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse

The Maine Statistical Analysis Center presented findings from its recently released report.

Cutler Institute publishes article on innovative, evidence-based youth employment model

The Cutler Institute at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service recently released an article that documents policy and practice recommendations to address Maine’s pressing workforce needs and engage high-school-aged young people in 21st century skills development.
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Report Released on the Use of Deferred Dispositions in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases in Maine

Researchers from the Maine Statistical Analysis Center at the Cutler Institute recently released a report summarizing the findings from an examination of how deferred disposition is used in Maine.
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New report from USM’s Cutler Institute shares the stories of Maine’s system-involved young people

The 34-page report, “Transitioning From Youth to Adulthood: Mapping the Impact of Systems and Places on Youth Pathways,” collected stories from 35 young people, age 14 to 24, who experienced homelessness, educational pushout, child-welfare and youth justice involvement, or interaction with the mental or behavioral healthcare system.

Cutler Institute Researchers Examine Attitudes Toward Aquaculture and Seafood Purchasing Preferences

Cutler Institute staff members contributed to a recently published paper describing how they studied the factors that influence consumer attitudes toward aquaculture and annual expenditure on aquaculture products.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Benefits from Natural Estuary Program Reauthorization

The Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, with strong bipartisan support and unanimous approval from the Senate, was signed into law on January 13, 2021. The Act reaffirms support for the work of the National Estuary Program (NEP), and nearly doubles the annual funding limit to $50 million. Under the new law, each NEP, including the Cutler Institute's Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP), could receive as much as $1 million each year.

USM researchers complete first-of-its-kind study on rising use of alternative sentencing program in Maine

Cases of deferred disposition, which give defendants the chance to earn reduced or dismissed sentences, rose 12.8% from 2014 to 2017. This finding comes from the recently released report, “Use of Deferred Dispositions in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases in Maine.”
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USM researcher John Gale facing COVID challenges as newly elected president of National Rural Health Association

At a time when health experts in every state struggle to protect their rural populations — where COVID-19 is taking so many lives — a University of Southern Maine researcher is leading the National Rural Health Association. On January 1, John Gale began a year-long term as the association’s elected president.

New report from USM’s Cutler Institute examines the scale and impact of parental incarceration in Maine

The 10-page report, “Breaking the Cycle: Interrupting Generational Incarceration in Maine,” calls for more evidence-based community programming that supports families, prevents incarceration, and facilitates parent-child relationships when parents are incarcerated. The report is the latest report to be released by the Place Matters project, which is housed at the Cutler Institute.

Infographics created for the Maine CDC

The Disease Prevention Epidemiology team, within the Cutler Institute’s Population Health and Health Policy program and contracted by and embedded within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created three infographics over the past year.