District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announces the success of the Criminal Justice Youth Shadow Days, and the first-ever Crime Lab Youth Shadow Days.
Launched in 2015, the Criminal Justice Youth Shadow Day is a program in partnership with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County Probation Department, Public Defender’s Office and Sacramento Superior Court.
High school students job shadow professionals from various criminal justice agencies. Based on their interest, students are 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. At the end of the day, a career fair is held with various agencies represented.
The Criminal Justice Youth Shadow Day was held on June 15, 2018, with 110 students from 70 high schools participating. Due to the high level of interest, a second shadow day was held on August 3, 2018, with another 103 students from 40 high schools. There is a student waitlist for next year.
A first-ever Crime Lab Youth Shadow Day was also launched this year. Students visit the District Attorney’s Crime Lab and meet with criminalists who are experts in the various fields of forensic science and crime scene investigations (CSI). They are provided a hands-on learning experience in areas including blood spatter analysis, bullet trajectory, trace evidence, firearms and tool comparison, drug analysis, toxicology and a mock field sobriety and breath alcohol test.
The Crime Lab Youth Shadow Day was held on July 27, 2018. Within a few days of announcing the new program, it exceeded student capacity with 80 students from 32 high schools participating. A second shadow day was held on August 24, 2018, with an additional 40 students from 22 high schools.
“I’m excited about the overwhelming interest and great success we have with our youth programs,” said DA Schubert. “Thanks to our criminal justice and community organization partners, we will continue these innovative programs to engage students from neighborhoods across the county and inspire them to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.”
The District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for its 4th Annual Youth Academy. For more information and to apply, visit www.sacda.org. Deadline is September 7.
Videos and pictures from these youth shadow days and future DA programs and events can be found @SacCountyDA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
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