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Cutler, Justice Policy, MSAC


Executive Summary:

This Juvenile Recidivism Report is the latest in a series of juvenile recidivism reports that began with the 1998 Baseline Report. The purpose of this report is to gain a better understanding of first time juvenile offenders, the crimes they are adjudicated for, how soon they recidivate, and to continue to measure juvenile recidivism over time. This report was developed by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service for the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) Division of Juvenile Services (DJS).

DJS has a long standing tradition of tracking juvenile recidivism. Beginning with the 1998 Baseline Report, information on juvenile recidivism has been collected, analyzed, and disseminated. The Baseline Report examined the 1998 cohort of juveniles who were adjudicated for the first time (hereafter referred to as first time juvenile offenders) from January 1 through December 31, 1998. Each year following 1998, a Juvenile Recidivism Report has been produced to follow an additional cohort of juvenile offenders in order to measure recidivism rates and juvenile crime characteristics over time.

This report examines statewide and county level data, as well as type and severity of offenses, age, gender, and race characteristics of juveniles who were adjudicated for the first time in 2005. In addition, this report examines trends in first time adjudications and recidivism for the 2000 through 2005 cohorts including trends at the state and county level, type and severity of offenses committed, and age, gender, and race characteristics.


This report is available on the Maine Statistical Analysis Center Website at:

The annual MDOC Juvenile Recidivism Report was produced through a cooperative agreement between the Maine Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services Division and the Maine Statistical Analysis Center at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

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Funding provided by the Maine Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services



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