For Immediate Release 7/7/2015
More than two dozen rising eighth graders assembled in the training room of the State’s Attorney’s Office downtown, (dressed in blue blazers) for the inaugural day of State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby’s new Junior State’s Attorney program.
The program— which is designed and led by Crime Control and Prevention Director, Deborah Spector— is focused on exposing Baltimore City youth to careers within the criminal justice system.
“When I was your age I lost my cousin,” Mosby said to the group before they headed to Baltimore Police Headquarters. “His death is what inspired me to become a prosecutor. I wanted to have an impact on how victims and their families received justice.”
Once the group reached BPD headquarters, they toured the 911 call center, spoke to SWAT team members, and sat inside FOXTROT—the police surveillance helicopter.
“My favorite part of the day was the helicopter.” Shamiyah Artis, a Franklin Square rising 8th grader, said.
Kelae Lyles, a rising 8th grader at Lakeland Middle School, enjoyed the SWAT presentation. Lyles was allowed to try on tactical gear, and was shown the difference between a tactical shield designed to withstand handgun fire and a shield designed to withstand assault rifle fire.
“I liked hearing from [Lt. Col. Melvin Russell]. I was actually sad that he had to leave.” Lyles said.
The Junior SA program will meet every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Each time the group meets, they will tour a different component . of the justice system.
“I want to be an engineer when I go to college. I joined this program because it seemed like a great opportunity to learn about some things that I’ve never been exposed to before.” Wesley Lambert, a former Deep Creek Middle School 7th grader who will attend school in Baltimore City in the fall, said.