Women are the fastest-growing population in America’s correctional facilities, and many jails are working to find ways to adapt to this changing reality. This case study examines Cumberland County, Maine’s experience piloting Project Safe Release, a program designed to better identify the needs of women entering the local jail, understand their victimization histories, and connect them to appropriate services before and after release. We found that coordination among key stakeholders and an existing strong foundation of collaboration within the community were critical factors for early success. These and other takeaways from this case study can inform the efforts of other localities better coordinate their services for women released on pretrial supervision.
An Innovation Fund Case Study from Cumberland County, Maine