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Tulalip-Based Juvenile Diversion Panel (C.A.B.)

Since starting the juvenile diversion panel (known as the Community Accountability Board) in July, the C.A.B. has heard twenty cases so far. This diversion program is an alternative to the juvenile court process.

The C.A.B. meets monthly with tribal member youths under the age of 18 years old who are arrested for minor offenses and are eligible for participation in the C.A.B. Objectives of the panel are to hold the youth accountable for their actions, foster a change in attitude, impress upon the youth the community is concerned about their conduct, increase awareness of their behavior; and to maximize opportunities for the youth.

Current C.A.B. member volunteers include: Lori Parks, Teri Nelson, Sandy Gotts, Angel Cortez, and Judge Gary Bass.

"We all want the youth to be positive, productive members for our community. The C.A.B. is a way to let the youth know that everyone makes mistakes when they are young and deserve a second chance while still holding them accountable for their actions," said C.A.B. member volunteer Angel Cortez.

We are actively recruiting additional volunteers for the Tulalip-based C.A.B. Volunteers must possess an interest in youth and commitment to the welfare of others; have a non-judgmental attitude; treat youth and families with dignity and respect; be able to hold confidences and respect others' privacy; be able to communicate effectively; able to work and problem solve with other volunteers; and have prior experience with youth.

The C.A.B. meets once a month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tribal Court.