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The purpose of this brief is to understand the experiences of girls who become involved in Maine’s juvenile justice system. The data used for this report include four cohorts of girls who have had contact with the system between 2006 and 2011. The four cohorts are:

  • Girls who were adjudicated for the first time and supervised by DJS between 2006-2011 (“First Adjudicated Supervised Youth”) (Table 1);
  • Girls who were arrested between 2006 and 2011 (Table 2);
  • Girls who were discharged from the Department of Corrections (supervision or detention) between 2006-2011(Table 3); and
  • Girls who were committed to a youth development center between 2006-2011 (Table 4).

The purpose of this analysis is to: a. Compare the experiences and outcomes of girls to the experiences of boys, and b. Determine if the characteristics and experiences of girls in Maine are aligned with the literature about girls across the country.


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

The Girls in the Maine Criminal Justice System Special Bulletin was produced through a cooperative agreement between the Maine Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services Division and the Maine Statistical Analysis Center at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

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



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