Neighborhood Accountability Board
The Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) is a voluntary diversion program for youth who committed a crime. Youth are referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice with approval by the State Attorney's Office to the NAB program. The NAB program represents a community-based decision making process aimed at repairing harm brought on by the crime. Instead of focusing on who broke the law, what laws were broken, and how to punish the offender, this process incorporates restorative justice principles, focusing the attention on what harm was done, what needs to be done to repair the harm, and what level of repair the responsible party can realistically accomplish.
Neighborhood Accountability Board goals are to provide:
- the victim and community the opportunity to converse in a safe and productive manner.
- an opportunity for the youth to take responsibility and make amends.
- citizen ownership of the justice system.
- a timely, community response to repair harm.
An assignment completed by a youth as part of their case plan.
The program is supported by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Volunteers - We Need You!
Volunteers represent the community by attending the NAB conference with the youth, youth's parent/guardian, victim, and other NAB volunteers to develop a case plan for the youth.
To become a NAB volunteer, you must attend a training session to learn about the traditional juvenile court system versus the restorative justice system and learn how to put restorative justice principles into practice. An accountability board application must be submitted, along with passing a background check, and observing two conferences before you can participate. There is no set time commitment, you can volunteer as little as 2 hours a month. Anyone 14 years of age or older can volunteer with the NABs (youth need parental consent).
If you are interested in becoming a NAB volunteer, please call Nora Donato-Hitchcock at 239-533-7947 or e-mail her at
Click on the forms below to view and/or print.
A NAB conference in progress
Moral Reconation Therapy
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is voluntary step-by-step program for youth who have committed a crime. The program is designed to alter how youth think and make judgments about what is right and wrong. Youth are referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice with approval by the State Attorney's Office.
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