Maine Juvenile Justice System Assessment & Reinvestment Task Force

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Who We Are

Chaired by Rep. Michael Brennan (D-Portland), Department of Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty and Jill Ward of the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law, the Task Force is comprised of government leaders from multiple agencies, legislators, members of the Judiciary, practitioners and individuals from impacted communities. Task Force members will work with national experts to assess the efficacy of the current system and develop recommendations to improve outcomes for system-involved youth. To lead the assessment, the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Group has contracted with the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP) to work in collaboration with the Task Force.

Our Purpose

The Task Force will study ways Maine can develop a comprehensive, coordinated continuum of care that more effectively targets resources to meet individual needs in ways that support families and strengthen communities. The structure and role of the Task Force will be guided by LD 1108, legislation introduced by Rep. Brennan and previous work of the state's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group with a goal of providing a report of findings and recommendations for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature in early 2020.