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On November 17, 2017, the Justice Policy Program at the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law hosted Youth Justice in Maine: Imagine a New Future at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland, Maine.

The purpose of this report is to summarize and share the information disseminated and generated at the summit. Additionally, this report seeks to summarize the issues raised and capture some of the recommendations made by attendees about how to re-envision youth justice in Maine and improve outcomes for justice involved youth and our communities.


Additional information regarding community-based alternatives to confinement and building a continuum of care can be found in the resource list at the end of the report (Appendix A). One resource to start with is Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons (2016).

The Place Matters project is housed at the Justice Policy Program within the Cutler Institute at the Muskie School of Public Service, which is located at the University of Southern Maine and is supported by a collective of funders including: The John T. Gorman Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Rocking Moon Foundation, the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, and the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.

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