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DA’s Office Community Accountability Board Seeking New Members!

March 20, 2015

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

March 18, 2015



DA’s Office Community Accountability Board


Seeking New Members!





ALBANY, NY – Albany County DA David Soares would like to announce that the Community Justice Outreach Center is looking to recruit volunteers from the community who are interested in becoming board members for its Community Accountability Board.

The Community Accountability Board (CAB) was created in 2005 under the supervision and direction of District Attorney Soares. CAB provides neighborhoods in throughout Albany County with the training, resources and authority to give the community a voice in the criminal justice process by determining the sanctions of defendants whose cases are reviewed by the Board.  CAB works with non-violent, generally first-time offenders who have committed “quality of life” offenses, such as property damage, public urination, disorderly conduct, trespassing and petit larceny.

Once a defendant’s case has been referred to the Community Accountability Board, the Board will bring together all of the aggrieved parties and conduct a meaningful dialogue on the defendant’s conduct and how each party was affected. These conversations usually highlight the broader picture of the defendant’s conduct, specifically, how these quality of life crimes are not only a hindrance to each individual community, but how the persistence of these crimes can create a negative opinion of a certain neighborhood in the community as a whole.

The defendant, the victim, community members and CAB will then develop and agree to a reparative agreement that will outline specifically how the defendant will repair or repay the damage done to the community. The reparative agreement is unique to the crime, and could include a combination of community service, writing a letter of apology to all the aggrieved parties or creating resources for the community that would urge others not to commit quality of life crimes.

After the reparative agreement has been developed, the Community Accountability Board will make their recommendation on how best to resolve the specific case to a Judge, who will accept or reject the recommendations. Two months after the initial CAB meeting, the defendant will have an exit interview in which the defendant’s progress is tracked and discussed, as well as the defendant’s experience in the Community Accountability Board.


The Community Accountability Board will be holding an orientation meeting on:

 Saturday, April 11th from 10 am until 12 pm, at our Community Justice Outreach Center located at 155 Clinton Avenue, Albany NY 12210.

A full training for community members to become certified CAB members will be held on:

Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm

at the Albany Police and Fire Department’s West Station

located at 223 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12222

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Malcolm Thorpe at (518) 275-4739.




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