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Go behind the scenes of the justice system in Redditch and Bromsgrove
1:40pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
BROMSGROVE and Redditch magistrates will be throwing open the doors to Redditch Magistrate’s Court to show the public the reality behind the headlines.
An open day will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 10am-3.30pm
The criminal justice system in England and Wales is undergoing massive change and Bromsgrove and Redditch magistrates are at the heart of that change.
They will open up the Redditch court to give people of all ages the opportunity to look behind the scenes and discover how local justice really works.
They will learn not only what happens within the magistrates’ court itself, but also about the work being done in Worcestershire to prevent crime happening in the first place, to work within the criminal justice system, and to help victims and offenders turn their lives around.
Activities include Mock Trial Live! when NEW College students will stage a mock trial, presentations on protecting young people online, understanding substance abuse, abusive relationships, and there will be a chance to find out what it’s like to be locked in a cell or be carried in prison transport.
The Probation Service will be holding an interactive session looking at the causes of crime, working directly with offenders, and new rehabilitation initiatives including the Willowdene Farm project.
West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership will also be doing a presentation on alcohol-impaired and speeding courses, and the latest initiatives to make roads safer.
St Basil’s will take about its work helping homeless young people, and supporting them into training and employment.
And their will be chances to learn more about victim and witness support, the Lucy Faithfull Foundaton working with sex offenders and their families, Lime, and its education programmes tackling anti-social behaviour, urban, knife, gun and gang crime, Geese Theatre for offenders and people at risk, My Time counselling, Serco electronic tagging, and community policing.
A spokesman said: “Everyone is welcome to come along to what promises to be a fascinating day.
“And this is the ideal opportunity for young people considering study and career options to come and talk with people who actually work in security, the police, social work, media, and in schools and youth organisations.”
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