Community Accountability Board

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a community volunteer for the CAB Program please contact Program Coordinator David Reali - 518-346-1281 ext. 39 or by email dreali@theccj.org.

Our Community Accountability Board provides a better model for improving outcomes for minor offenses than the traditional incarceration model. The essential component of  the Community Accountability Board are the community-based volunteers who are ordinary people that dedicate their time and energy to guide people working through difficult times. Our volunteers help offenders take responsibility and accountability for the role they played in harming the victim and the community because of their actions. The victims’ well being and healing after the crime is a focus of the Community Accountability Board process. Our volunteers work with offenders to develop a contract that will accomplish the goals of offender accountability, victim healing, and recompense between the offender and their local community.  In order to repair the harm done to the victim and the community, the offender must participate in community service and often pay restitution to the victim.

Since 2015, this program has been implemented and has partnered with several referral sources including Schenectady Police Court, Schenectady Juvenile Justice and just recently (June 2017) Schenectady School District's Diversion program. This new partnership with Schenectady School District gives an opportunity to the students with long term suspension to use CAB and the restorative justice process to reduce suspension time thus allowing them to return to school and continue on their quest for growth and academic success.

Community Accountability Boards exists only when there are community volunteers who are dedicated to improving the conditions in their neighborhood. Make a difference in a youth’s life and make a difference in your community. Become a part of the foundation of our Community Accountability Board and volunteer today.

For more information email info@theccj.org