ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT JUVENILE REVIEW BOARDS
How does a juvenile review board and the diversion of first offenders fit into the overall juvenile justice process?
See a flowchart of the handling of a delinquency case to see how the JRB is a "true diversion" from the justice system.
Essentially, the diversion of a case from the court to a JRB accomplishes many things:
- Reduces the number of cases handled by the court system thereby freeing up the remaining resources for use in cases requiring such resources;
- Minimizes the exposure of young children to the justice system;
- Provides a quick, efficient and effective disposition of cases;
- Handles community-based and family problems with genuine community-based solutions;
- Provides real supervision to children in school and in the community;
- Provides the opportunity to apply real restorative justice principles by helping the child see the “community impact” of their misconduct and giving them the opportunity to make the community “whole” again.
- Avoids labeling a child as a “delinquent” and avoids any type of juvenile court record even though such records are “confidential” and may be “erased” at some point.
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