Document Type

Report

Publication Date

1-2011

Keywords

Juvenile recidivism, Division of Juvenile Services - Maine

Abstract

Executive Summary:

The Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) Division of Juvenile Services (DJS) contracts with the Muskie School of Public Service in a state-university partnership to analyze juvenile recidivism rates. DJS measures juvenile justice outcomes to guide policy and program development geared toward recidivism reduction. Reduction of youth recidivism in Maine increases public safety.

Recidivism in this report is defined as a re-adjudication (juvenile) or conviction (adult) for an offense committed by a youth in Maine within three years of his or her first adjudication. This report measures DJS impact on youth who have been adjudicated and placed under supervision by examining rates of recidivism.

The number of youth adjudicated for the first time decreased 15.8% between 2006 and 2008, from 1,480 to 1,246. Half of these youth are placed under DJS supervision. The key findings section discusses these supervised youth, which decreased in number 20.5%, between 2006 and 2008, from 825 to 656.

Comments

This report is available on the Maine Statistical Analysis Center Website at: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/justiceresearch

Funding Organization or Grant

Funding Provided By the Maine Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services.

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