JRBSJames River Blues Society
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However, JRBs are not limited to achieving command interests in discipline and safety.
Through effective utilization of JRBs, commanders can promote the public interest in rehabilitating wayward juveniles for the benefit of the juvenile, the command, and the installation community.
With the support of the installation community, (55) commanders can utilize JRBs to positively promote intervention and rehabilitation of wayward juveniles.
As juveniles appear before JRBs, board members can engage in open discussion about the juvenile's misconduct, and specifically address how the misconduct impacted any victims, the command, and the installation.
(57) Garrison commanders can utilize JRBs to synchronize and direct the efforts of installation agencies and programs focused on child and family development, including Army Community Service, (58) Child, Youth, and School Services, (59) Family Advocacy, (60) and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation.
Although many installations with juvenile review boards support the use of JRBs to address on-post juvenile misconduct, (63) several exclusive federal jurisdiction installations are experiencing challenges with the use of JRBs.
In the establishment and execution of JRBs, commanders remain responsible for providing clear intent and purpose.
Families are a critical component to understanding and addressing juvenile misconduct, (68) and essential to the effectiveness of JRBs. The juvenile's family or community are often most aware of the specific issues affecting the juvenile, and can positively influence their behavior, intervention, and rehabilitation.
(71) At several installations, JRBs meet infrequently, resulting in substantial delays in adjudication.
In spite of current challenges, JRBs remain an effective course of action for commanders to address on-post juvenile misconduct on areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction.
Although many installations with exclusive federal jurisdiction use JRBs to address on-post juvenile misconduct, several installations report either not having a JRB, or experiencing challenges with JRB procedures that interfere with command interests in good order and discipline and the public interest in rehabilitating juveniles.
First, local regulations concerning JRBs should be in writing, easily accessible, (74) and include a commander's intent that is "easy to remember and clearly understood...." (75) The commander's intent should plainly state the JRB's purpose: a non-criminal, administrative procedure to address on-post juvenile misconduct without referring juveniles to juvenile or criminal court.