Community Relations/ Youth Programs

Criminal Justice & Crime Lab Youth Shadow Day

The District Attorney’s Office invites students to job shadow professionals from various criminal justice agencies.   Based on the area of interest, students will be paired with prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement officers, investigators and judges to get a first-hand look at the criminal justice process and the different roles within the system.  There is also a presentation on crime scene investigations (CSI), evidence collection, and forensic science used to solve crimes.   

The program is open to current Sacramento County high school students (incoming 9th through 12th graders).  

This year's Crime Lab Shadow Day will be held on:

2020 Dates TBA

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Application Deadline: TBA
Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  Please register early.

This year's Criminal Justice Shadow Day will be held

Friday, August 2, 2019 ~ 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Closed, Max Capacity)

Download Application Form 

Download Program Flyer

Application Deadline: July 30, 2019 
Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please register early.

For questions, please email

"Learning about the different cases and departments was interesting, and seeing the case where a mistake was made is a rare opportunity.  Thanks again for teaching us about criminal law, both the basics, and some more complicated concepts.  I want you to know that you brought me closer to becoming a lawyer."  -  J.M., Jesuit High School Student

“Just wanted to let you know that my kids came back today and BOTH said they had a great time at the Shadow Day!  Thank you so much for the great opportunity.  They loved it.  I would definitely send them again to something like this in the future!!!” – Parent of students from Sheldon High School

“Thank you and the senior investigator that allowed my daughter to learn about his position and job responsibilities.  (She) thought it was very interesting work.  Thank you very much.  She is looking forward to the Forensics Lab in July.” – Parent of a student from Vista del Lago High School

“My daughter LOVED doing this today!  Thanks for offering this program.” – Parent of a student from McClatchy High School

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