Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Karen Monahan

Research Associate II


236 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-5857

Karen Monahan has extensive experience with evaluation of state court initiatives and legal services organizations, and with performance measurement for local non-profits. She directed an evaluation of a domestic violence pilot project at five of Maine’s District Courts that included the development of a procedures manual for judges, clerks, and court security officers involved in domestic violence cases. She directed the reassessment of Michigan’s Court Improvement Program (2005) and co-directed the reassessment of the State of Connecticut’s Court Improvement Project (2006), which in both cases studied those states’ compliance with federal and state mandates and standards of practice in the handling of child protection cases. As a member of the management team of the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, Ms. Monahan oversees the analysis and reporting of data for the STOP Program (approx. 2400 subgrantees from all 56 states and territories) and provides training and technical assistance to STOP administrators and other VAWA grantees on how to complete the progress reporting forms. Ms. Monahan’s background is in legal services, civil litigation, and market research.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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2015 Maine Crime Victimization Survey Report

Findings for the 2015 Maine Crime Victimization Report, released on December 1, 2015, were discussed at a press release forum at the Muskie School of Public Service. This report highlights findings from telephone interviews conducted with 843 randomly selected Mainers on whether they had been a victim of criminal or unwanted behavior (e.g. violent crime, property crime, threats of violence, identity crime, and stalking) in the past 12 months. 

After the presentation a distinguished panel responded to the findings and offered comments.

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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