The Northern Juvenile Review Board (JRB)
The Northern JRB is made up of school personnel, professionals, and community members. The board meets twice a month to assist youth in our community who are first-time juvenile offenders.
What is the Juvenile Review Board (JRB)?
Juvenile Review Boards (JRB’s) are community-based diversionary and prevention programs, designed to help local police departments, schools, and juvenile courts deal with juvenile offenders and to help the families avoid the juvenile justice system.
Who can refer to the JRB?
A referral to the Juvenile Review Board may occur for many minor, non-violent criminal or status offenses. These are generally first-time offenses for which the child admits responsibility. These cases can be referred from police officers or the court. The school referrals are for defiance of school rules and truancy after the school has exhausted all services they can provide.
Diversion to the JRB is voluntary and must be agreed to by the juvenile and family. Without this, the case will remain in the Juvenile Court. By agreeing to JRB diversion, the juvenile must admit guilt for the offenses they are charged with and follow the recommendations made by the board members. Fulfillment of these recommendations means that the case will be closed, and the juvenile will have no juvenile court record. Non-compliance could result in the case being returned back to the juvenile court for prosecution.
Interested in Becoming a JRB Mentor?
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Reside in the Windham County area
- Be interested in working with youth
- Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
- Be willing to complete the application and screening process
- Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
- Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
- Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities.
- Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
- Have a clean criminal history
- No use of illicit drugs
- No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
- Not currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years
- Not currently in treatment for a mental disorder or hospitalized for such in the past three years
For more information please contact the TEEG JRB Coordinator by calling 860-923-3458 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.