Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Jean Bessette

Research Associate I


332I Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 228-8351

Jean Bessette is currently working on the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, is Project Director for the Building Economic Security for Survivors (BESS) project, and worked previously on the Snapshot Project, all funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. She has worked on other domestic violence, child welfare, and court projects. Ms. Bessette has a particular interest in economic justice and its intersection with public health, social services, and rural issues.

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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