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Members are appointed by the Governor for a term of four years and have training, experience, or special knowledge concerning the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency, the administration of juvenile justice, or the reduction of juvenile delinquency.

They advise the Governor and the Legislature on issues concerning juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. The Advisory Group is charged with monitoring Maine’s compliance to the requirements of the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act and the development of Maine’s Comprehensive Three-year Plan for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) is the State Advisory Group (SAG) established under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA), which was most recently reauthorized in 2018 and has been codified in Maine law (Title 34-A M.R.S. §1209). SAGs are comprised of volunteer members (between 15 and 33 total) appointed by the Governor/Chief Executive in each U.S. jurisdiction. Eligible members are determined by the federal statute and must include certain identified stakeholders who have training, experience, or special knowledge concerning the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency, the administration of juvenile justice, or the reduction of juvenile delinquency.

Name

Affiliation

Jill Ward, Chair Director, Center for Youth Policy & Law at Maine Law
Ned Chester, Esq., Vice Chair Juvenile Defense Attorney, Chester & Vestal
Bishop Steve Coleman Pastor, Williams Temple Church
Sienna Dana Youth Member
*Lt. Patrick Hood Maine State Police
Dr. Tracey Horton Professor of Forensic Psychology & Criminal Justice, Thomas College
Abeir Ibrahim CFO, Cross Cultural Community Services
Honorable Mary E. Kelley District Court Judge
*Dr. Todd Landry Director, Office of Child and Family Services, Maine DHHS
Tessa Mosher Director, Victim Services, Maine DOC
*Page Nichols Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Innovation, Maine DOE
Christopher Northrop, Esq. Managing Director, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at Maine Law
*Christine Thibeault, Esq. Associate Commissioner of Juvenile Services, Maine DOC
Regina Phillips Co-Founder, Cross Cultural Community Services
Bonnie Porta Community Member
Atlee Reilly, Esq. Legal Director, Disability Rights Maine
Jonathan Shapiro Director, Maine School Safety Center, Maine DOE
Elizabeth Ward Saxl Executive Director, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Staff

JJAG

Linda Barry Potter JJ Specialist & Compliance Monitor
Anwar Whiting R/ED Coordinator

* denotes agency commissioner’s designee

Send email for JJAG members to Linda Barry-Potter. Please specify intended recipient.