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  • Juvenile Justice Task Force meeting and community forum to be held in Portland in December

    AUGUSTA  –  The Juvenile Justice System Assessment & Reinvestment Task Force will hold its December meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland. The meeting will be followed by a performance of Exposed by Maine Inside Out in Hannaford Hall. The meeting and performance are open to the public.

    In addition to its regular monthly meeting, the Task Force will host the final of four community forums that evening at Hannaford Hall auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to gather input from the public about Maine’s juvenile justice system and related community needs. The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), the organization conducting the assessment, will facilitate the conversation. The forum is also open to the public.

    Established in May, the group was formed to examine the state’s juvenile justice system and develop recommendations for a continuum of community-based alternatives to incarceration for system-involved youth and those at risk of becoming involved in the justice system. Information about the Task Force, including the schedule of meetings and forums can be found at: www.mainejjtaskforce.org

    Chaired by Rep. Michael Brennan, D-Portland, Department of Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty, and Jill Ward of the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law, the Task Force is comprised of government leaders from multiple agencies, legislators, the Judiciary, practitioners and impacted communities. The Task Force will work with the staff from CCLP to assess the efficacy of the current system and develop recommendations to improve outcomes for system-involved youth. A report with recommendations is expected in Feb. 2020.