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Legal Studies Students Visit the Courthouse and Jailhouse

Prospective introduction to legal studies students and aspiring lawyers had an eye-opening field trip to the Broward County jail and courthouse. Students started their day with an inside look at life behind bars as they spent two hours walking the halls of the main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The tour was narrated by a BSO deputy who provided insight into the jail system and the prisoner’s lives. She talked about everything from the prisoner’s internal “code,” their meal schedule and limited time in the yard, to how BSO handles unruly inmates, makeshift weapons, and looks for hidden contraband. It was quite an education as they saw newly arrested people in the intake area, went inside various jail cell pods, walked the maximum security floor and saw juveniles being taught a class.
Students then spent the remainder of their day watching our judicial system and elected judges at work in the courthouse. The students were able to see the courtroom buzzing with pre-trial motions for felony cases in Judge Siegel’s courtroom, the 17th Circuit’s Chief Criminal Judge. They also had a chance to be sworn in so they could serve as the judge and jury in a mock teen court case and eat lunch with Judge Levenson. To top the day off, students saw a real direct and cross examination in a medical malpractice case and were treated to a private session with Judge Robinson who talked to them about their plans for college and beyond.
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