I am interested in tracking after the JRB case is closed. How can I follow up with a case after it is completed to track how many offenders repeat?Due to confidentiality laws, the police, schools and the juvenile court are not permitted to report subsequent arrests of juveniles that have had cases handled by a JRB. Informally, the JRB can contact the family at some point after the JRB case is closed to see how the family is doing and to determine if there were any further violations of the criminal or FWSN law or school rules. Such follow up is “informal” because it is not the “official” record and is only based on the family’s report which may or may not be accurate. Such a follow up call is also good public relations for the JRB and might point out ways to improve the program.
As part of the intake process, and again at the time of discharge, families could be told that at six months or one year from discharge they may be contacted by a representative of the JRB to follow up with the family to see how they are doing.
Similarly, when a case is successfully discharged, the family should be invited to provide a letter or be provided with a brief prepared survey questionnaire describing how they benefitted from the JRB process. They should be told that while their names would not be shared, their comments may be shared with the members of the board and with various funding agencies to help maintain and improve the program.
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