Juvenile Review Board
An Juvenile Review Board or (JRB) is a committee that has been formally designated to review juvenile court cases in the State of Connecticut. There are no laws that dictate how a JRB operates and it is up to each JRB along with police to establish the eligibility guidelines for referral. In Connecticut, there is a point of contact for a JRB in each city and town. The State of Connecticut's Chief Juvenile Prosecutor, Francis Carino, has provided assistance in the development of multiple JRB's. Carino has also presented data tables to express their results.
Advantages of JRB
The advantages of a JRB include; no lawyers, minimal delays, appropriate services are offered to the child and family, entire matter is dealt with at the community level, and the child does not end up with a juvenile record.
Disadvantages of JRB
The disadvantage of a JRB is that a child who is charged with a crime may not be present as the committee agrees on a suitable punishment. Punishments may require that the child perform a specified number of community service hours, attend counseling, participate in a drug/alcohol treatment program, make restitution, apologize to the victim, do research and write a paper on a subject relevant to the incident, or anything else the JRB believes would be helpful.