8115
St. Petersburg
Law and Order: The Drama of the Criminal Justice System
From crime scene to verdict, follow a case through the criminal justice system. Learn from police, 911 operator, medical examiner, defense, prosecutor, judge before you deliberate.
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Program No. 8115RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 3 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
St. Petersburg, FL
D
Hotel Indigo

Afternoon: CHECK IN: Available from 3:00 pm at the Hotel Indigo front desk. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions that you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: Buffet style dinner at the 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.

DAY
2
Intro: Case Overview / Role of the Police / Emergency 911
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: LECTURES: Begin the morning with the program overview. Discuss expectations, the case, the characters, the schedule and the speakers. Take a short refreshment break and then continue with the second lecture. With our retired Chief of Police, Rick Kistner, learn how the police respond to the scene and the steps they take to secure the crime scene. Also discussed will be the role of the detectives.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Go behind the scenes with Lori Collins, Education Director of Pinellas County 911. Learn how the 911 systems work, the special non-emergency features, and what happens when you call 911 to report a crime. After class, you'll have time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel or take a short walk to the downtown area.

Dinner: Enjoy the buffet at the hotel.

Evening: LECTURE: Relax a bit and have some fun as you end your day with Rick Kistner as he delves into the Myth of TV Policing.

DAY
3
Forensics /Role of the Medical Examiner / Film
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our hotel meeting room

Morning: EXCURSION: Board our motor coach for a trip to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Forensics Division. Forensic laboratories provide scientific analysis to aid in investigations. There are many different forensic disciplines. The Pinellas County Forensics Lab conducts seized drug analyses, fire debris analyses, DNA analyses, and toxicology analyses. Other laboratories operate forensic units in digital evidence, firearms, latent fingerprints, and explosive analyses. Forensic science is an important tool to the investigator. Contrary to popular TV shows and other works of fiction, forensic scientists do not “solve” crimes. Evidence is submitted for scientific analysis based on the circumstances of the case. The investigator is provided the results of that analysis and uses that, in conjunction with other information gathered in the course of the investigation.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: LECTURE: What is a Medical Examiner? Why is an investigation necessary? What happens during an investigation? Answers to these and other questions as you meet with the Director of Investigations from the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office. EXCURSION: After class, board our motor coach for a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” tour of the local area.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: MOVIE: Spend the evening watching the movie classic "12 Angry Men". Yes, we know you've probably seen this film before but now we're going to ask you to watch it in a different way. This will be part of your preparation to take on the role of a juror.

DAY
4
Role of Reporter / Role of Jury/ Free time/ Role of Judge
St. Petersburg, FL
B,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our hotel meeting room.

Morning: LECTURE: 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, Mickey Segal. Take a short refreshment break. LECTURE: Spend the second part of the morning with our former Judge / Defense / Prosecuting Attorney, Joseph Donahey, as he addresses the role of the jury - preparing you to take on the role of a juror at the end of the week. Listen to his "Jury Instructions" and be prepared to ask questions.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Take a break from the classroom to spend the afternoon on your own in downtown St. Petersburg. Most museums, cafes, restaurants and sites of interest are within easy walking distance of the hotel (2-5 blocks).Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner at a local restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Evening: LECTURE: Do you really know what a judge does and his/her role in a trial? Listen as our experienced judge Robert Beach shares with you another side of the judicial system as he talks about "The Role of the Judge."

DAY
5
The Prosecutor's Game Plan/The Defense/Jury Deliberates
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our hotel meeting room.

Morning: LECTURES: Spend the morning with Pinellas County State Attorney, Beverly Andringa as she leads you through the State Attorney Office's plan for prosecuting the accused. Along the way, learn about the arraignment, charges, pleadings, discovery, evidence, how prosecutors work with the police and more. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Spend the afternoon with our defense attorney, Joseph Donahey, as he mounts the defense for the accused. Learn his game plan. After class, you'll have time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the President's Dining Room on the Eckerd College campus.

Evening: THE JURY DELIBERATES! After spending the week learning about all the various elements of the criminal justice system, listening to your jury instructions, hearing the defense and prosecution weigh in, it's now your turn.Now you will be a juror and determine, along with the other jurors, if the defendant is "guilty" or "not guilty as the jury is sequestered for deliberation. The class will break into several juries (number of juries will depend on the number in the class). For the final session, the juries will meet back in the classroom to share the verdicts and discuss the process followed by each jury.

DAY
6
Breakfast and farewell
St. Petersburg, FL
B

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in our hotel meeting room. Program ends after breakfast. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys.