Criminal Justice Youth Institute

Purpose
In response to recent tragedies across the country, Spartanburg County Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation are partnering together to launch the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute. This four-month leadership training program is designed to introduce Spartanburg County 11th-12th graders to the criminal justice system to help them gain a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the system, eliminate misconceptions, build long-lasting partnerships between youth and criminal justice officials, and empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in our community.

The Institute begins in January with an opening retreat that provides an opportunity for participants to connect with one another in an informal setting and hear from an inspirational leader. Sessions are held January – April, one week day per month, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A graduation ceremony is held in May.

Objectives
The Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute provides leadership training, education, and an opportunity to connect with other youth who are interested in making a positive difference in their communities. Throughout this leadership training, participants meet once a month for four months to increase their knowledge of the criminal justice system and gain a better understanding of the role they can play in partnering together with criminal justice officials, as well as the consequences of poor decision-making. Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute Page 2 of 2 November 3, 2016

Topic sessions include: arrest, booking, hearings, pre-trial intervention, sentencing, probation, drug abuse, and legal aid. Participants will also gain exposure to state and federal delegation.
The sessions will be held at various locations throughout Spartanburg County, such as the Spartanburg County Courthouse, Spartanburg County Jail, Spartanburg City Hall, and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, providing students an opportunity to tour these facilities first-hand.