Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Improving Supervision and Data Collection

Policy Framework

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Improving Supervision and Data Collection

This policy framework outlines recommendations developed as a part of a Justice Reinvestment effort in Maine in 2020 in collaboration with Maine's Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Management and Incarceration of Prisoners. The recommendations were reflected in draft legislation in 2020. The aim of these policies was to improve access to and availability of quality behavioral health resources; improve success on probation; and improve data collection, monitoring, and information sharing to better understand trends and racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic disproportionalities in the criminal justice system.

Jessica Gonzales-Bricker, Carl Reynolds, Laura van der Lugt, Sarah Wurzburg | January 2021 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Project Credits

Writing: Jessica Gonzales-Bricker, Carl Reynolds, Laura van der Lugt, Sarah Wurzburg, CSG Justice Center

Research: Jessica Gonzales-Bricker, CSG Justice Center

Advising: Elizabeth Lyon, Marshall Clement, CSG Justice Center

Editing: Leslie Griffin, Emily Morgan, CSG Justice Center

Public Affairs: Brenna Callahan, CSG Justice Center

ABOUT THE AUTHORS


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Jessica Gonzales-Bricker
Policy Researcher, Research
Jessica Gonzales-Bricker designs and manages long-term research projects focused on victims and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative; she has also contributed to projects related to behavioral health, juvenile justice, and employment. Before coming to the CSG Justice Center, Jessica was a
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research specialist with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she designed research projects, planned and conducted training for juvenile probation staff, and monitored the data integrity of juvenile probation departments. She also worked as a research assistant for the Texas Education Agency and as an executive assistant and policy analyst at the Texas House of Representatives. Jessica received her BA in political science from Baylor University and her MPA from the University of Texas.
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    Carl Reynolds
    Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Research
    Carl Reynolds helps manage and develop projects related to court initiatives, corrections, sentencing reform, and juvenile justice issues. Among other projects, he works on the establishment and evaluation of public defender offices and on Justice Reinvestment strategies. Previously, Carl served
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    as director of the Texas Office of Court Administration. From 1997 to 2005, he was general counsel for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), responsible for prisons, probation, and parole. He also was general counsel to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice—the governing body for TDCJ. Prior to that position, he was the executive director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission, general counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, director of the Senate's redistricting staff, and a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Carl holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati, an MA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
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    Laura van der Lugt
    Project Manager, State Initiatives
    Laura van der Lugt provides justice systems assessment, policy development, and implementation technical assistance to states, counties, and cities. She specializes in improving correctional continuum practices, strengthening supervision practices, and building and sustaining networks of community resources necessary to improve
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    community supervision outcomes and public safety. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was the director of research and innovation at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) in Boston, Massachusetts, where she oversaw the development, management, and measurement of SCSD policy innovation and programmatic strategy. Prior to SCSD, she worked as the director of evaluation and learning at Roca Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization. Laura began her justice policy career in the Boston Police Commissioner’s Office of Research and Development, where she coordinated and managed the City of Boston’s federal Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Demonstration Project grant-related programming. Laura holds a BA in sociology from Bates College, an MA in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University.
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    Sarah Wurzburg
    Program Director, Behavioral Health
    Sarah Wurzburg oversees technical assistance focused on behavioral health, diversion, and reentry and serves as the lead for projects related to substance use, mental illnesses, and housing. She leads the work on the development of community responder programs, including a
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    toolkit that supports sites in development of non-police responses to people in crisis. Previously, Sarah was a research analyst at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., where she was the team lead for Youth and Women’s Services and was the primary author of research reports on youth substance use disorder treatment, driving under the influence, and Medicaid. Sarah has also worked as a juvenile court advocate and in community substance use disorder prevention. She received her BA from DePauw University in English (writing) and her MA in social services administration with a focus on policy analysis from the University of Chicago.
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