October Updates


October is National Youth Justice Action Month! There’s a lot going on this month in Maine and across the country surrounding juvenile justice. President Biden issued a proclamation you can check out here. The National Juvenile Justice Network and The Coalition for Juvenile Justice are hosting a series of policy conversations this month. For more information and to register click here.


The American Institutes for Research released this study that examines the use of suspensions in middle and high schools, finding them ineffective at reducing future misbehavior or improving school climate. Check out the full study here or read the brief here.



Fill out this survey! The Maine Department of Corrections is seeking input and the deadline for responses is TODAY Tuesday, October 12th!
Results from the survey will be presented at the October 15th JJAG meeting.

The Opportunity Scholars of the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, the University of Maine Augusta Prison Education Partnership and the Freedom and Captivity Project are holding an event, Abolition Night at the Strand, on November 5th. Attendance can be either in person (limited tickets) or online. Click here to learn more and get tickets.
The National Academies is providing a suite of tools to help children and youth manage feelings of stress, anxiety, and sadness in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which we thought may be helpful to many readers.

R E G I O N A L    C A R E    T E A M S

Two regional care teams met in September.

Region 1: Care Team review of a youth needing housing and pro-social supports and updates on several other youth from prior reviews.
Region 2: Did not meet in September.
Region 3: Followed up with several local resource requests and hosted a inspirational meeting with the Washington county collaborative. For more information, check out their powerful work at:

For more information about regional care teams, click here.

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