PASCO, Wash -Students got a first hand experience learning about our justice system today at Columbia Basin College for the 6th Annual Youth and Justice Forum.
8th thru 12th graders gathered to learn about the justice system and career opportunities in the legal profession.
Professional volunteers including Superior Court Judges, Attorneys, Court reporters, Interpreters, Police and Corrections Officers along with other Benton , Franklin, and Yakima County Officials were there to talk with the kids.
"It shows them that we're people too and it also has sparked some interest in people...young kids wanting to become officers or lawyers or judges or balifs...it strikes an interest." says Kennewick Police Officer James Canada.
Students acted in mock scenarios of arrests and ficticious court arguments as well as group discussions. It is believed that the exposure to the legal and justice system may increase the number of students intrested in the legal profession as well as enrich the students civic education.