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.
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.”
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.
The Role of the Opioid Crisis in Elder Abuse
Kimberly Snow, Jennifer Pratt, and Stuart Bratesman finished their investigation of how the opioid crisis impacted elder abuse in Maine in 2015-2018.
USM contributes to CDC understanding of COVID-19 spread
Faculty and staff from the University of Southern Maine contributed to a new analysis and narrative being used by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control to better understand the spread of COVID-19.