The Juvenile Review Board is a community-based program that provides juvenile offenders – who admit their guilt – with an alternative to Juvenile Court. Through a mediated process, the juvenile offender understands how their behavior harmed the victim and community, acknowledges that their behavior harmed others, and takes responsibility to repair the harm through direct or indirect action.
The Juvenile Review Board consists of the offenders, parents/guardians, the victim of the crime, community members and law enforcement officials. A Balanced and Restorative Justice approach balances the needs of the offender, the victim and the community. The Juvenile Review Board also helps youths make lasting changes to their behavior to prevent future offenses.
The program is open to Hartford youths ages 17 and younger who are first-time misdemeanor offenders. Youth are referred to the program by law enforcement officials.