WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD?
The Community Accountability Board, or CAB, provides an alternative to the traditional criminal justice responses and focuses on repairing the damages done unto victims of crime, including the community. CAB offers an opportunity for offenders to complete activities designed to restore the victim and repair the harm done to the community. The goal is for the offender to learn about the impact of their offense, in the hopes that they will not re-offend. WHO DOES THE BOARD SERVE?
CAB is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for offenders of non-violent, quality of life crimes.
The Board gives the community a voice in the criminal justice process. It provides an opportunity for concerned citizens to address offenders who commit quality of life offenses in their own community. Together, the community and the offender establish a Reparative Agreement, which details activities to be completed by offenders in order to repair the harm that was caused. The activities always include community service work, as well as additional tasks designed to educate the offender on the impact of their actions. HOW DOES THE BOARD WORK?
An offender’s participation must be deemed appropriate by the Judge, Assistant District Attorney and defense attorney. If approved, the offender agrees to participate by signing a Court Agreement. Offenders are fully explained the CAB process prior to signing the Court Agreement. Following their court appearance, offenders are to contact the Office of the Albany County District Attorney’s Community Justice Outreach Center (CJOC) Team to begin the process.
There are currently 2 boards; Albany and Cohoes. We are looking forward to expanding into other neighborhoods as well, so if you are interested in receiving additional information please contact the Community Accountability Board program at 518-275-4725.