AUGUSTA – The Juvenile Justice System Assessment & Reinvestment Task Force will hold its January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Capitol Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 1 Court Street, Augusta. The meeting is 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 for 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
The Center for Children’s Law and Policy or CCLP, the organization conducting the assessment, will present preliminary findings and recommendations. The final report will be released at the next meeting of the task force on Feb. 25.
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 composed of leaders from multiple government agencies, the Legislature, 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.