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                            YOUNG OFFENDERS
                             GET ON TRACK

     YOUTH         A Board Conference ....... rather than a
                                                    Court hearing
     BOARD         A Contract ............... rather than a

                   In the Community .......... rather than in
                                                 t he courts
                                                                      The Youth Accountability Board of' he San
                                                                      Bernardino County Probation Department is
JUVENILE JUSTICE                                                      based upon the premise of "a community
                                                                      response to a community problem." Through
    SYSTEM'S       Youth:    "1 learned that people in the            this program, concerned citizens in each
                             community actually wanted to             community reach out to assist young offenders
BEST KEPT SECRET             help out the offender. 1 always          and their families AND 11' WORKS!
                             heard that there were people in
                             the community who want to help,
                             but actually seeing them in action
                             Made a big impact on me. "

                   Youth:     "It taught me self-control and
                             facts about real life peer pressure. "
                                                                       "Ideally, our task should he in organizing the
                              "Extremely effective. I cannot          neighborhood - the grassroots level - so
                             say enough ahout the Conference          that there is an identifiable group of responsive
                              Committee. Thev were sensitive,         and responsible people whose aim is not living
                                                                      f or themselves but for others. We will in time
                             fair, effective, authoritative. I
                              believe that not only the theft         discover that that is the only path to self-fulfillment."
                   situation            is resolved, hat as a
                   family,            this has brought its                                             W illiam 0. Douglas
                              closer. Thank You. "                                                                     t
                                                                                             Justice oh the Supreme Cour
                                                                                                                                                        YOU CAN BECOME A
                                                                                                                                                      YOUTH ACCOUNTABILITY
                                                                                                                                                      BOARD (YAB) VOLUNTEER

                                                                                                                                                   Anyone is eligible who would li ke to help young
                                                                                                                                                   people and . . .
                                                                                                                                                       • is able to communicate with t hem.
                                                                                                                                                       • Can be objective.
                                                                                                                                                       • cares about the quality of life in his, her

                                                                                                                                                      • passes the background check.

                                                              WHAT DOES A                                                                          What training is offered and what is the
             YOUTH                                                                                                                                 volunteer time Commitment?
         ACCOUNTABILITY                                   YOUTH ACCOUNTABILITY                                                                        • Training sessions are provided by the San
           BOARD (YAB)                                       BOARD (YAB) DO?                                                                            Bernardino County Probation Department.
                                                                                                                                                      • Additional training is offered                           2-3 times
Each y car thousands of children bet w Cell the         I he Board's job is to interview t
                                                                                                                                                      • YABs involve one or two t hree-Dour meet-ngs per month.
ages of 1()-17, girls mill boys, rich and poor,                                            he offenderand his or her parents, then decide upon a
have a brush with        t he law . The char es?       constructive accountability plan. The plan, put
 I ypically t he crime is shoplifting, trespassing,    i n the form of a legally binding contract, may                                             What are the advantages of a l outh Account-bility Board? Research indicates:
possession of drugs or            alcohol. fighting,   contain an assignment of community service,
disturbing    tire peace  01   i oyricling.            skill building    classes, counseling   and; or                                                • 92"u of the youth successfully complete
                                                       restitution. When the youth signs, he or she                                                     t heir contract.
I n many eases, these youth l ack the skills and       agrees to fulfill the terms of the contract, or                                                   They provide early community intervention
insight they   need to steer clear of trouble.         be remanded t o the Juvenile Justice System.                                                      and are confidential.
\lost need to be reminded t hat each person                                                                                                              They may save taxpayers over $1 million
i s responsible f or his trr her acts.                  I he mare goal of the Board is to belt young re stablish a sense of community                    y ea
                                                                                                                                                      • They maximize citizen participation u) the
                                                       values and a sense of personal responsibility                                                    J ustice system.
                                                       for their actions.                                                                             • They reduce court congestion.

                                                                                                                                                   YABs have enormous positive impact on young
                                                       Upon t he successful completion of his/her
                                                                                                                                                   people, their families and the community. Please
                                                       accountability contract, the first time youthful                                            Call if you would like to help serve young
                                                       offender benefits by avoiding        an official                                            offenders and your community through a YAB.
                                                       record of a law violation.
                                                                                                                                                   San Bernardino County Probation Department
                                                                                                                                                      MUM ACCOUNT A1311 1 I Y BOARD
                                                                                                                                                      San Bernardino ...(909) 387-5827/5769
                                                                                                                                                      Rancho Cucamonga . . . . (909) 944-4551
                                                                                                                                                      Victor\ ille . . . . . . . . . . . . (619) 243-8121