By establishing a community board to concentrate on first time offenses and truancy, were increasing community awareness and working to provide better life outcomes for youth and their families in the city, said Mayor James Diossa.
The board will provide an alternative to the RI Family Court system by directing juveniles toward more law abiding and productive behavior. Long-term, the board foresees a decrease in wayward offenses, truancy and dropout rates in Central Falls schools, as well as decreasing the number of youth introduced in to the juvenile justice system. With appropriate guidance and rehabilitation opportunities, the Juvenile Hearing Board believes juveniles will be less likely to commit future offenses.
This is a proud day for Central Falls, said Major Daniel Barzykowski. This brings a new opportunity to prevent youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system and on a path towards respecting the law and positively impacting the community.
The six members appointed are Simone Barzykowski, Margarita Cardona, Joseph Godin, Maria Del Socorro Duque, Juan Pena, and Adriana Saldarriaga. Both Barzykowski and Godin served on the board years ago. Central Falls City Councilwoman Shelby Maldonado will also sit on the board. Detective Patrick Rogan of the Central Falls Police Department will screen qualified candidates and refer them to the board.