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You Be The Judge: A Crash Course In Criminal Justice

You Be The Judge: A Crash Course In Criminal Justice

The USF Department of Criminology offers a one-week immersion into the criminal justice system. Utilizing a mock traffic homicide investigation, students actively learn how a case proceeds from investigation to arrest and ultimately makes its way before a judge and jury. The week will begin at the Tampa Police Department's Training facility where students have the opportunity to study a crash scene, learn about traffic accident investigations, and participate in field sobriety tests. The day will be spectacularly topped off with a simulated car chase/hostage taking /SWAT team demonstration by the Tampa Police Department. Later in the week, students will get a behind the scenes tour of the USF Sun Dome, visit the medical examiner's office, take part in a jury selection exercise and hear closing arguments from assistant state attorney, Chris Castillo and private defense attorney Kim Seace. The week ends in the courtroom of Judge Campbell who will give the student "jurors" jury instructions before bailiffs lead them to the jury room for deliberations.

The program was developed and designed by USF Department of Criminology faculty member, Elizabeth Cass and former assistant state attorney, Felix Vega from the 13th Judicial Circuit. Local police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges all bring the material to life.

This camp is restricted to ages 14-16 and limited to 20 participants.

Camp schedule: June 19-23

Register at usfcriminologycamp.eventbrite.com