Juvenile Review Board (JRB)
When was the JRB established?
The JRB was established in September 2007 through a partnership with New Haven Family Alliance and Community Mediation. The board was modeled after the restorative justice model, and is funded for three years from the state Department of Children and Families.
What is the goal of the JRB?
The goal of the JRB is provide the youth of this city with an alternative to arrest for minor offenses such as criminal mischief, fights and disputes in school and the community.
Do the youths need any qualifications?
To qualify, the youth cannot have any previous criminal arrest.
What does the JRB do?
The JRB provides referrals to needed agencies such as mental health, community mediation, as well as karate classes and art classes. The youth are mandated to perform community service as part of their restorative justice to the community and victim.
Who do the panels consist of?
The panels consist of community members who work through the issues with all involved parties for an agreeable solution.
The community members volunteer their time because of their concern regarding the high number of juveniles involved in the criminal justice system.