Pima County Community Justice Boards
The Pima County Attorney's Office is committed to reducing juvenile crime, but we can't do it alone. Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall's vision of partnering with local neighborhoods and training volunteers to become a strong voice in the justice system became a reality when the first Community Justice Board was created in May of 1998.
Now located throughout Pima County, Community Justice Boards (CJBs) operate on the principles of balanced and restorative justice while focusing primarily on juvenile accountability and building competencies for our youth and their families.
Community Justice Boards are comprised of specially trained volunteers from communities throughout Pima County. With guidance, training, and support from the County Attorney's Office, these volunteers hold family conferences to learn more about the youth, their families, and the circumstances surrounding the offense.
The Board subsequently assigns age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate consequences designed to hold youth accountable for their actions and decisions; build problem-solving, decision-making, and life skills; motivate youth through education; and promote successful futures. Boards also conduct follow-up conferences to monitor progress, encourage and motivate participants, and help youth feel more connected to their communities.