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Free seminar explores legal system

3/14/2014, 6 a.m.

Teens can learn about the legal system at a “Keeping Kids Out of Prison” seminar on March 22 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur.

The 2-to-4 p.m. event, which is free, is sponsored by Watchdogs for Justice, a nonprofit established for the specific purpose of decreasing the number of young people entering the criminal justice system.

Attorneys Clara King, Lawanda O’Bannon, Dana Harrell, Betty Kirby and Alis Hughes and private investigator Janine Brooks-Collier will discuss a variety of topics – from armed robbery, automobile theft, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, underage drinking to theft by receiving stolen property and the prison sentences associated with the crimes.

The seminar includes interactive skits based on cases they have handled in court. Most of the young people can relate to the stories based on their own personal experience or that of a friend or relative, organizers say.

WFJ also makes use of the stories in its crime-prevention books that show clearly how one wrong decision can have lifetime tragic consequences. Participants also will learn about their Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights; what to do if stopped by the police; and get answers to question they have about the system.

The Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road. For more information, visit www.watchdogsfor

justice.org or call 678-412-2299.