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Justice Policy

Muskie co-hosts national conference on female offenders

On October 6-10, over 400 corrections professionals from across the country gathered in Portland, Maine, for the 15th Biannual Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, an event sponsored by the Association of Programs for Female Offenders and hosted by the Maine Department of Corrections and the USM Muskie School of Public Service.

AJFO, the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system, provides a forum for practitioners, researchers, state administrators, program directors, and advocates to discuss the needs, management, and treatment of female offenders.

Erica KingErica King, policy associate at the Muskie School with extensive experience in research, evaluation, and training related to corrections systems, helped organize this year’s AJFO conference, which featured workshops and presentations on gender responsive programming, trauma-informed practices, and other issues surrounding women in prisons.

AJFO was featured in the Bangor Daily News article “Experts: Number of women in Maine prisons has grown sixfold since 2002” and the WCSH 6 News piece “‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman.”

Learn more: Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference website

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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