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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Research Operations Manager, Research
Jessica Gonzales-Bricker provides project management support to the CSG Justice Center research team, coordinating workflows and project resources. Previously, Jessica worked as the director of research for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s Center for Justice and Health and as
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a research project manager at the CSG Justice Center. In her previous role at the CSG Justice Center, she analyzed data and provided policy support for multiple projects, including the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. She has also conducted research and technical assistance for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and worked as a policy analyst in the Texas House of Representatives. Jessica has a BA in political science from Baylor University and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin. 
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    Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, State Initiatives
    Carl Reynolds helps manage and develop projects related to courts, corrections, law enforcement, and sentencing. He works on Justice Reinvestment and other projects where expert legal and policy research is needed. Previously, Carl served as director of the Texas Office
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    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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    Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives
    As deputy program director of impact for Justice Counts, Laura leads a team that helps policymakers and criminal justice agency leaders use Justice Counts data to improve criminal justice outcomes as part of the program’s foundational belief that it should
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    be easy for decision-makers across the country to use that data to make informed decisions that advance public safety, equity, and fairness. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Laura was the director of research and innovation at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she worked in the Boston (MA) Police Commissioner’s Office of Research and Development. 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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    Deputy Division 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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