Title

"Cover Story" piece on the new $32 million 166-bed Southern Maine Juvenile Facil

Authors

Allen Dammann

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

1-25-2001

Pages

12-15, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on the new $32 million 166-bed Southern Maine Juvenile Facility under construction in South Portland, which is supposed to be a big improvement over the old Maine Youth Center. But state represenative Michael Quint, D-Portland and other advocates for troubled young people say it's too much like a jail. In addition, there is concern that the center's budget is being cut from $15 million to $13 million, and the staff is being decreased from 222 to 206, even though the ratio of workers to juveniles actually will increase. The ratio is now 1 to 1 and will be nearly 1.25 staffers to each resident. Also with information about mental health and substance abuse programs, rehabilitation and programs that facilitate transition back into society.

Subjects

Juvenile delinquents and delinquency, Long Creek Youth Development Center -- South Portland, Southern Maine Juvenile Facillity -- South Portland

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