SPD will participate in the youth and justice forum on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Gonzaga University School of Law

Monique Cotton, Director of Public Information & Communication, SPD

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Media is invited to attend at 10:00 am, during law enforcement demonstrations (starting with the K-9 demonstration).

The goal of the Youth and Justice Forum is to work with youth to build trust and positive interaction with leaders in the criminal justice system and encourage youth to consider careers in this field.

During the Youth and Justice Forum students in grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and interact with members of the law enforcement community.

During the day-long forum, students will interact with judges, attorneys, law enforcement, probation officers, law professors, court reporters, and interpreters. They will learn to argue hypothetical cases with attorneys and judges, learn about their rights, interact with law enforcement, discuss laws affecting youth, and meet local leaders and others who work in the justice system.

Outreach has included efforts to attract students who are historically underrepresented.

Partners in this program include: the Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section, Washington State Minority & Justice Commission, City of Spokane, Spokane Public Schools, Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Gonzaga University School of Law, Discover Law and Youth, Adult and Family Connections, Charles A. Cleveland, P.S., and Wildrose Graphics.

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