Can a parent refer their child to the JRB and can a school system refer a student to the JRB without involvement of the police?Depending on how a specific JRB is set up and the specific intake and eligibility policies they have promulgated, referrals can be made to the JRB by anyone who can make a referral to juvenile court so that would mean primarily:
JRBs should not accept a criminal/delinquency referral from the school or a parent because such a referral would lack the benefit of a police investigation and, without initial police involvement, the option to return the case to the police for referral to court if the child failed to comply with the JRB recommendations would not be available.
JRBs also should not accept a school related FWSN referral from the police or a parent because the JRB would need the school's documentation and their past efforts to resolve the matter to decide what to recommend.
If a parent wanted to make a referral for something that might be considered criminal or delinquent in nature, such as a theft from a family member or fighting with a sibling, the JRB might accept the case as a FWSN "beyond control" case rather than as a criminal larceny or disorderly conduct case.
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