Prosecutor previews what you can learn at free 2015 Community Justice Academy

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Indianapolis, Ind. (September 28, 2015) – The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will host the fifth annual Community Justice Academy this fall and it starts Monday night.

The Community Justice Academy is designed to help you learn about crime prevention strategies and the criminal justice system.

“As they learn more about what we do, the hope is that will generate more and more trust in the police department and in our office, which can only contribute to public safety,” said Prosecutor Terry Curry.

“I think it’s helpful for the public to understand what it is we do and what issues are on the front burner for those in our office and those dealing with public safety. Not only can those individuals learn from the experience of attending, but our hope is they then become a messenger to their organizations.”

The Community Justice Academy sessions will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings, September 28 through October 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Indianapolis Public Library in the Library Services Center.

It’s free and open to the public.

It started in 2011.

“We’ve found more and more that it’s not only individuals who are concerned citizens, but individuals who are attending represent various organizations here in the city,” said Prosecutor Curry. “We started from day one not really knowing how it would go over and the individuals that have attended have been so enthusiastic. They bring their friends the next time around. It’s grown every year and we’ve had to have more and more space.”

They focus on different subject each year, touching on timely subjects in the criminal justice system.

This year the discussions will include mental health in the criminal justice system, child neglect, social media and use in criminal prosecutions, and hate crimes.

Click here for more on the Community Justice Academy.