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Maine Juvenile Justice Reform Work Group

Jill Ward, Coordinator
(207) 317-6310

Organizational Profile

The Maine Juvenile Justice Reform Work Group is a coalition of juvenile justice professionals and advocates in Maine have come together to identify juvenile justice reforms that will reduce inappropriate detention and confinement and increase fairness in juvenile justice system.  Most members of the Work Group participated in the 2009 statewide Juvenile Justice Task Force and subsequent Juvenile Justice Implementation Council (JJIC) and remain interested in continuing to review, advance, and expand upon the ideas and goals put forward as a result of that effort.  

Building on the recommendations of the task force as outlined in its 2010 report, An Integrated Approach to Transforming Maine's Juvenile Justice System, the work group meets monthly to share information or observations raised since the release of the report and discuss possible reforms that can be implemented by statute, administrative rule, or agency rule or practice.  The work group is co-chaired by Edwin P. Chester, Esq., juvenile defense attorney, and Carlann M. Welch, Psy.D., adolescent forensic psychologist. 

Locale: Maine
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