Juvenile Review Board

Board Members

Bonnie Jones – Chairman 
Art Reardon – Vice Chairperson 
Joanna Taczanowsky – Secretary
Amanda Cormier – Member
Elise Cosker – Member
Justine Ginsberg – Member
Patrick Gustafson – Member
Sara Kleinman – Member
Josette Lumbruno – Member
Scott Menard (School Resource Officer) – Member
Nicole Sokolowski – Member
Sue Lawshe – Town of East Granby JRB Case Manager

CONTACTS

All questions regarding the Juvenile Review Board can be addressed at 860/653-7800 or via email at [email protected]

Nothing from June 18, 2024 to August 18, 2024.

Town of East Granby, CT

DESCRIPTION

The East Granby Juvenile Review Board is made up of 11 members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Juvenile Review Board consists of Youth Services Commission members, law enforcement, school officials, court personnel and community members.

PURPOSE

The East Granby Juvenile Review Board provides a community-based program for diverting eligible juvenile cases from the Juvenile Justice System, supporting families with service needs, and providing intervention at the local level.

Certain youth behaviors that were once referred to Juvenile Court are no longer under Juvenile Court jurisdiction. Recognizing that punishing youth does not always address the underlying causes of these behaviors, the State of CT directs families to community-based organizations with the primary goal of preventing children and families from having further involvement with the court.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Juvenile Review Board shall accept juvenile cases meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • A referral from an East Granby Resident State Trooper for a first-time misdemeanor offense committed by a person under the age of 18, who resides in the Town of East Granby.
  • A referral from the East Granby School District for truancy and/or overt and repeated defiance of school rules committed by a person under the age of 18 who resides in the Town of East Granby, only after the school district has exhausted all remedies it has available.
  • A referral from a parent or guardian regarding a child under the age of 18 who has run away from home or place of living, is beyond the control of the parent or guardian, or has engaged in indecent or immoral conduct.

The Juvenile Review Board may consider accepting juvenile cases falling outside of the eligibility requirements on a case-by-case basis and at their discretion. 

FAMILIES WITH SERVICE NEEDS

The Family with Service Needs legislation was based on the principle that the family as well as the child must be involved in services to effectively deal with the child’s problematic behavior.

The law provides for the coordinated utilization of a wide range of public and private social, education, and court services at local, regional, and statewide levels, including those provided by the State Department of Children and Families (DCF).

A Family with Service Needs case involves a child less than 18 years of age who: 

  • has run away without just cause.
  • is beyond the control of his or her parents or guardians.
  • has engaged in indecent or immoral conduct.
  • is truant or defiant of school rules and regulations; and/or
  • is thirteen (13) years of age or older and has engaged in sexual intercourse with a person who is thirteen (13) years of age or older and not more than two (2) years or younger than such child.

CONTACT INFORMATION

We urge families confronted with their child’s arrest or a school-based referral to the Juvenile Justice System to inquire about the option of the Juvenile Review Board. For further information about this community-based service offered to East Granby residents, contact Susan Lawshe, Juvenile Review Board Case Manager, at (860) 653-7800.

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