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corrections at a crossroads, Maine, corrections, justice policy


This report provides frameworks for thinking about the costs and benefits of diversion programs and other correctional interventions. Some basic instruction is provided in benefit cost analysis and the structure and behavior of costs in an institutional setting. The emphasis is on gaining a working command of tools, so you can use them to help you think through policy options. While it will be tempting to bypass the instruction and turn to the charts and graphs that describe and analyze the current state of corrections in Cumberland County and Maine, the grounding in cost concepts and the benefit cost framework provide an essential and necessary foundation for corrections policy analysis. The report analyzes trends in spending and jail populations and examines in detail the state’s role in financing community corrections.


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