Students Learn Criminal Justice Lessons, Gain Exposure

Junior DA's Junior DA's

Atlanta- The 2015 summer class of Junior District Attorneys has graduated. Now in its 17th year, The Junior DA program pioneered by Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., is a law-centered educational program geared toward middle school youth. The program provides students with an overview of the criminal justice system and exposes them to various facets of local government and courts via classroom lessons and field trips.

During this year’s program, students had an opportunity to tour Fulton County’s 911 Center and meet with representatives from the Marshal’s Office. Several other law enforcement agencies also carved out time in their schedules for special presentations to the Junior DA’s which included demonstrations of drug testing equipment and an ‘evidence preservation’ machine. The Junior DA’s also visited the Atlanta Police Department’s horse stable and Dogaroo Dog Daycare in Midtown and a shelter as part of their lessons on animal cruelty investigations and prosecution.

The Junior DA program, which runs through the month of July, culminated in a graduation ceremony and reception on Thursday, July 30, 2015 during which the students were pinned with a special DA badge which they proudly affixed to their signature blue blazers. Many students, who were at first reluctant participants of the program, admitted they enjoyed their experiences and were even inspired to pursue careers in criminal justice.

Junior DA is one of several youth programs coordinated through the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit and co-chaired by ADA’s Kenya Johnson and Shari Scales II. For more information on registering your child or student, contact Shari Scales II at shari.scales@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-612-9170.

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