Diversion Community Accountability Board Volunteer
Represent your community in the restorative justice process by serving on a restorative accountability board hearing. Volunteers are essential to the success of court diversion, as they represent the voice of the community and help participants understand how their actions have affected others. Serve on a board that designs strength based contracts for youth that have committed an offense of the law. Training is provided. Board hearings occur monthly and are coordinated by the CAB coordinators in both our North and South offices.
Who can volunteer?
Citizens from the varying towns/cities within Merrimack County with an interest in alternative sentencing strategies for juvenile offenders.
Volunteers must pass a criminal background check.
Prior experience with youth is required.
An understanding of restorative justice is preferred but not required.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Attend CAB hearings and design strength-based contracts for youth.
- Attend required trainings/meetings coordinated by the Juvenile Services staff.
- Assist CAB coordinator with various tasks during hearings.
- Attend exit interviews with youth/family.
- Follow all policies and procedures regarding confidentiality of youth and families.
What is a restorative community accountability board hearing?
Not all teens need the power of the court system to help them improve their choices and that’s where the Diversion process comes in – as a community response that holds first-time juvenile offenders accountable for their actions.
The community accountability hearing is attended by 2-3 adult volunteers from the local community, the youth and a parent/guardian.
The CAB process is as follows:
CAB volunteers review youth’s initial intake information (police report, intake questionnaire, staff notes).
CAB volunteers hear each juvenile’s case which includes an essay that the juvenile reads about the offense they committed. CAB volunteers will have time to ask questions to the youth.
CAB volunteers agree on a restorative contract and explain the contract expectations to the youth and parent/guardian.