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What is Citizen Review Board?

The office of the Douglas County Citizen Review Boards (CRBs) operates a set of six volunteer boards that review Juvenile Court cases involving children in need of care or juvenile offenders. The boards make recommendations to the juvenile court with the goals of providing safe, permanent homes to endangered children and of reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders.

The Juvenile Court judge appoints community volunteers to serve on the CRBs. Four of the Douglas County boards oversee child welfare cases, and two oversee juvenile offender cases. The CRB staff trains volunteers and administers the processes involved in the boards' operations.

The local CRB office conforms to the rules of the state Office of Judicial Administration (OJA), which provides oversight and funding. The Douglas County CRB meets Kansas Supreme Court standards and, therefore, is eligible to review cases assigned by the District Court.