For nearly two decades, the Maine Department of Corrections has used data to track, analyze, and report on youth involved in the juvenile justice system.  The goal of this research is to help assess the success of responses to system-involved youth by identifying which youth return to the justice system; to inform risk reduction efforts to benefit public safety; and to ensure that all Maine youth experience a fair, equitable, and responsive juvenile justice system that contributes to positive youth outcomes.

This summary reflects what is happening with the young people who encounter Maine’s juvenile justice system at various points of contact (e.g., diversion, community supervision, commitment).

FOUR SYSTEM RESPONSES – DJS (2014-2018)

  • DIVERSION
    These youth have been referred to DOC, which has determined that it is in the best interest of the juvenile, his/her victim(s), and the community to resolve the case without pressing formal charges.   These youth had a two-year recidivism rate of 11%.
  • SUPERVISION
    These youth had formal charges brought against them, were adjudicated by a judge, and were subsequently placed under the supervision of DOC within the community.   These youth had a two-year recidivism rate of 32%.
  • COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION
    These youth have been adjudicated, committed to a secure facility, and then released back into the community for additional supervision.  These youth had a one-year recidivism rate of 45%.
  • DISCHARGE
    Discharged youth have been adjudicated, committed to a secure juvenile facility, and subsequently discharged from all supervision.  These youth had a two-year recidivism rate of 48%.

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