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Juvenile Justice Systems, Maine, Cutler, Justice Policy, MSAC


The 2012 Maine Juvenile Justice Data Book presents a portrait of youth involvement with the Maine juvenile justice system. The data book consists of five sections, (1) Maine Youth Population Trends, (2) Maine Juvenile Justice System Trends, (3) Maine County Trends, (4) Maine Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Trends, and (5) Youth Recidivism Outcomes in Maine.

While Maine’s youth arrest rates are consistently among the lowest in the country, the state faces challenges in ensuring that limited resources are targeted most efficiently and effectively for programs and services aimed at rehabilitating youth who encounter the juvenile justice system. The analyses presented in this data book are offered as an aid to legislative, policy, and program initiatives statewide and in Maine’s communities.


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

The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice.

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The 2012 Maine Juvenile Justice Data Book was created under the auspices of the State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Department of Justice (DOJ). Funding for this report was provided by BJS Grant Number 2010‐BJ‐CX‐K017.



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