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Conditions at the Maine Youth Center have been in the Maine news off and on for years. Recently, an Amnesty International report about conditions there, particularly the use of restraint chairs, prompted the concern of a group of Maine legislators. In response, the Maine Department of Corrections contracted with the American Correctional Association (ACA) to investigate the situation. Following the release of the ACA report, many are now calling for a more thorough investigation.
Because, the issues of juvenile justice and the use of restraints are of concern to youthworkers in Maine and elsewhere, I have posted this web site to provide links to the online information and as a forum for discussion.
From the Casco Bay Weekly, August 6, 1998
New reports of children and women abused in correctional institutions Findings from Amnesty International Research trip
An editorial in the Kennebec Journal, October 13, 1998
Maine Department of Corrections
Other Juvenile Justice Resources
On December 11, 1998 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hosted a live satelite broadcast in conjunction with its National Conference, Juvenile Justice: Focus on the Future. The broadcast (archived at this site) examined trends in the prosecution of juveniles as adult criminal offenders and presented recent research on the impact of these changes on traditional jurisdiction authority, correctional programming and the impact on troubled youth