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Law and Order: The Drama of the Criminal Justice System

Program Number: 8115RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/27/2013 - 2/1/2013; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $648.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Begin the week with a crime created especially for you! Follow the case as it moves through the criminal justice system, from securing the crime scene to forensics to trial. Meet and learn from real practitioners in the field. Learn how defense and prosecution attorneys put together their game plans. Understand the process of selecting jurors, what judges tell them and why. It all comes together on the last morning of the program when you deliberate, reach a verdict and discuss the outcome.




Highlights

• With a retired chief of police officer, learn how the police respond to the scene and the steps they take to secure the area for the forensics team.
• Field trip to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Crime Lab and learn how evidentiary analysis is performed in multiple forensic disciplines.
• Meet a state attorney to learn about arraignment, charges, pleadings, discovery, evidence, jury selection and how the prosecutors work with the police.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

1-25-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis courts and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rick Kistner

Rick Kistner had two careers that could not have been more different. He spent 30 years in law enforcement as a police chief in cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida. At the same time, his performing arts career landed him roles in over 100 stage productions, as well as in films, TV commercials and voice work. Rick has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton, and studied acting under Richard Digby Day at the Eugene Oneill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, FL 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and available in proximity to the accommodations.
Transportation
  Train or bus availability: Greyhound 727.898.1496 180 9th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Amtrak 800.872.7245 5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi service (see "ground transportation") available to college campus.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa, FL
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport
  Transportation to site: From Tampa International Airport: SuperShuttle at 800.282.6817 or www.supershuttle.com Taxis>Yellow 813.253.0121 or United Cab 813.253.2424 Car Rental> Avis 800.831.2847, Budget 800.527.0700, Dollar 800.800.4000, Hertz 800.654.3131, Enterprise 800.736.8222, Thrifty 800.847.4389 From St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport: SuperShuttle 800.282.6817 or www.supershuttle.com Taxis United Cab 727.535.0000, Clearwater Yellow Cab 727.799.2222, Clearwater Yellow Shuttle 727.525.3333
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  Northeast of St. Petersburg I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Southeast of St. Petersburg I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, January 27)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains the most current itinerary.
 Dinner: Hotel
 Evening: Get to know the staff and other participants. Overview of program and facilities. The case for the week will be distributed. Read the case before Monday morning class.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Guidelines: A Case Map / 911 Emergency Communications/The Role of the Police/Live Musical Entertainment
(Monday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel
 Morning: Begin the morning by reviewing the case and establish rules of criminal law. Take a short refreshment break and then continue with the second lecture. Learn how the 911 system works and what happens when our crime is reported. The Education Director at Pinellas County 911 Communications will be our speaker.
 Lunch: Campus Dining Room.
 Afternoon: With our retired Chief of Police officer, Rick Kistner, learn how the police respond to the scene and the steps they take to secure the area for the forensics team.
 Dinner: Campus Dining Room.
 Evening: Take a journey into the past with Rick Kistner as he explores 120 years of Sherlock Holmes
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Myth of TV Policing / Forensics/The Role of the Medical Examiner/Film
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel
 Morning: Begin the morning with Rick as he delves into the Myth of TV Policing. Take a short refreshment break and then our forensic specialist David Brumfield will take us through the details of investigating our crime scene. Learn about the latest in DNA testing, fingerprint identification, the importance of fiber samples, and more.
 Lunch: Campus Dining Room.
 Afternoon: What is a Medical Examiner? Why is an investigation necessary? What happens during an investigation? Answers to these and other questions as a member of the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office leads us through this case. After a short break, head downtown for a field trip a local area museum
 Dinner: Campus Dining Room.
 Evening: Spend the evening with Judge Robert Beach as he describes the Role of the Judge
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Role of the Court Reporter /Role of the Jury l/Free afternoon/ Role of the Judge
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Center Dining Room.
 Morning: What does a court reporter do? Why is s/he there? When is it necessary to have a court reporter? What is that strange machine s/he uses? Learn from our trained court reporter. Take a short refreshment break. Spend the second part of the morning with Judge Robert Beach. He will examine another side of the judicial system - the role of the jury - preparing you for your part of this trial.
 Lunch: Hotel
 Afternoon: Take a break from the classroom to spend the afternoon exploring the downtown St. Petersburg area. Visit shops, museums and see the sights of our beautiful city.
 Dinner: Center Dining Room.
 Evening: Judge Robert Beach will help you explore yet another side of the judicial system - the role of the judge - an essential part of any good trial.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Prosecutor's Game Plan/The Defense/Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel
 Morning: Spend the morning with a Pinellas County State Attorney as s/he leads you through the State Attorney Office's plan for prosecuting this case. Along the way, learn about the arraignment, charges, pleadings, discovery, evidence, jury selection, how the prosecutors work with the police and more.
 Lunch: Campus Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon with our defense attorney as s/he mounts the defense for the accused. Learn his/her game plan.
 Dinner: Campus Dining Room.
 Evening: Take a break from the program with an evening of musical entertainment from a local musical artist
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Jury Deliberates
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel
 Morning: This morning, you will be a part of the judicial system. The group will be divided into smaller juries and you will be sequestered for deliberation. Then, having chosen a fore-person for each group, the decision will be presented - guilty or not guilty.
 Lunch: Hotel. Program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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