What types of cases, do you feel that Juvenile Review Boards can be most responsive and successful with when diverting children and teens from the Juvenile Court system?JRB cases are generally those of first offenders who commit minor offenses and who take responsibility for their actions. In these cases there is no claim of innocence, no claim of any legal technicality or police misconduct and no other legal defenses to the charges. In these situations, there is really no need for the case to go to court. Court would be appropriate if there was an issue of guilt or innocence or some other legal issue that needed to be resolved or if the best or most appropriate disposition of the case was something that the court process was necessary to accomplish. An example would be a child in need of state funded residential placement.
For the most part, JRB eligible cases should be kept out of the court system because exposing these children to the court environment may actually cause more harm than benefit. If the JRB process is not successful, then the court can step in and do what has to be done. But every child deserves an opportunity to learn from their mistakes without being caught up in the justice system.
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