Community Accountability Boards
Volunteers from local communities within the county are trained by Juvenile Court staff members. These volunteers are then assigned to a Community Accountability Board (CAB) within their neighborhood of work or residence. CAB members conduct a hearing to gather information about the youth, their situation, and the offense. The CAB members then determine terms and conditions that the respondent should complete based on the type of crime, the victim’s desired response, the circumstances surrounding the offense, and the respondent’s particular situation and attitude. Washington State Law establishes these terms and conditions.
The traditional CAB is comprised of no less than three, or more than seven, volunteers who are trained by the Juvenile Court. The CAB consists of adult members from the local community in which the respondent resides. Meetings are generally held in a public building in an informal atmosphere. CAB members meet with the respondent and parent / guardian and question both to gain an understanding regarding the incident, circumstances, and consequences. The CAB decides on appropriate terms and conditions of the diversion agreement within the scope of the law.
Upon completion of training requirements, background check, and acceptance into the program, a volunteer is appointed by the Juvenile Court judge as a CAB member. The CAB will review assigned police reports and victim statements, interview a juvenile and parent regarding the offense, and determine, within the scope of the law, an appropriate disposition.
- Determine the conditions of the diversion agreement.
- Refer the respondent to either informational and educational clinic or counseling program where appropriate.
- Facilitate the CAB meetings as the rotation may require.
- Possess an interest in youth and a commitment to the welfare of others.
- Experience with youth.
- Have a non-judgmental attitude.
- Ability to hold confidences and respect others' privacy.
- Treat youth and family with dignity and respect.
- Ability to work and problem solve with other volunteers.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Possess a sense of fairness for both the youth and the community.
- Live or work within the CAB's geographical area.
- The CAB as a whole must be representative of the community.
How to Apply
Complete the CAB application (PDF) and mail to:
Denney Juvenile Justice Center Diversion Coordinator
2801 10th St.
Everett, WA 98201
Contact us at 425-388-7800 for further information.