Use of JRB has been immensely successful

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller

Miller

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

Good order and discipline are the bedrock of our U.S. Army-Hawaii community and the entire Army.

Often, we are challenged to enforce these values while balancing the growth and well-being of our population, particularly our youth.

This week I want to describe one of the tools that we use as a community to influence our youth population when they have committed certain crimes. The Juvenile Review Board is an administrative process used to impose sanctions on juveniles involved in dangerous, disruptive, disorderly or criminal conduct within the USARHAW community.

The use of the JRB has been immensely successful. One percent of our youths that go before the board end up being repeat offenders.

Repeatedly, there is a 180-degree change in behavior after the board. Their grades normally improve, and the youth become more helpful at home. In addition, participants of less than 18 years of age who have attended the board are better able to identify and solve issues they are confronted with at school.

The JRB is provided as an option in response to infractions, and the sponsor determines whether to attend. Due to the severity of some crimes, not all youths are provided the opportunity to go before the JRB.

At the JRB, the youth, their sponsor and the sponsor’s commander, first sergeant or command representative are present. Representatives of USARHAW leadership review the infraction(s) committed, hear the circumstances associated with the offense and discuss the incident with all parties present.

The majority of offenses heard relate to assaults, shoplifting and running away. The corrective actions the JRB can impose have a broad range, including, but not limited to, no action taken, writing one-to-multiple essays, community service, imposition of a curfew and referral to counseling.

The sponsor and unit are responsible for ensuring the youth complies with the corrective action. Failure to do so or repeat infractions can result in debarment from all Army installations for the youth.

The use of the JRB has had a tremendous effect for the good of our community. The youths who go before the board get the message they have responsibilities and must act accordingly.

I am immensely proud of the way our USARHAW community works in tandem with juvenile offenders in order to become stronger citizens and contributing members of our community. I encourage anyone who has the occasion to go before the JRB to embrace it, and together we will continue to strengthen this community built upon good order and discipline.

 

DES

The Directorate of Emergency Services is here to serve, and we are proud to do so. For more information on the services and personnel who support this community, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.

 

 

[INFO BOX]

Police Beat Roll-Up

March 4-17, the following occurred on USARHAW installations.

 

AMR

1, duty upon striking (traffic accident; hit and run)

 

HMR

1, assault

 

Fort Shafter

1, traffic accident with damage to private property

 

Schofield Barracks

1, domestic disturbance

1, assault

1, traffic accident with damage to private property

1, wrongful property damage

2, unattended children

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