COMMUNICY ACCOUNTABILITY BOARDS
WHAT IS A C.A.B?
A Community Accountability Board (C.A.B) is a community based alternative sentencing program for juvenile offenders. In C.A.B proceedings, instead of going to court, offenders report to a group of local community leaders and they negotiate the appropriate sentence for the offense. The program allows eligible youth to take responsibility for their actions and receive expedited sanctions imposed by the C.A.B members, as set forth by law.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF A C.A.B?
Goals of a C.A.B proceeding: 1. healing between the community and the youth
and 2. strengthening of the youth to minimize the risk of recidivism
Volunteers from local communities within the county are screened and trained by Island County Juvenile Court Staff. Upon acceptance into the program, the applicant is appointed to a C.A.B. in their community.
WHAT DO C.A.B. MEMBERS DO:
C.A.B. members review the file and conduct an informal hearing to gather additional information about the youth referred and the offense. The C.A.B. members then determine the conditions of the Diversion Agreement. The C.A.B. gathers once a month, for an average of two hours, meeting two juveniles and their families.
Island County is always looking for volunteers for appointment to the Community Accountability Boards.
- Possess an interest in youth and the best interests of others?
- Have a non-judgmental attitude?
- Treat youth and families with dignity and respect?
- Have the ability to communicate effictively?
- Have experience with youth?
- Have the ability to work effectively with other volunteers?
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