Mosby launches 'junior' prosecutor program for kids

Mosby, one of youngest top prosecutors in the country, wants to give 30 city kids head start on legal career

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, one of the youngest top prosecutors in the country, wants to give 30 city kids a chance to get started even earlier in their pursuit of becoming a lawyer.

Mosby announced Thursday that she has invited students from 10 middle schools to take part in a six-week "Junior State's Attorney" program during the summer.

"We want to provide our children with a positive, hands-on opportunity to learn about criminal justice issues," Mosby said. "The goal is to expose them to the profession of the criminal justice system, not make them a part of it."

Candidates will be nominated by their schools and required to submit an essay. The program involves visiting the Police Department to learn about evidence collection, meeting elected officials at City Hall, and visiting local courts. It will be capped by a mock trial at the University of Baltimore.

The 10 participating middle schools are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harlem Park, Edgecombe Circle, Tench Tilghman, Cherry Hill, Bay Brook, William Pinderhughes, Highlandtown, Collington Square and Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

Mosby also announced a program called "Great Expectations" that will send prosecutors, police officers, social workers, judges, "media personnel" and professors to visit fourth graders at Franklin Square Elementary School to describe their careers.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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