Sacto 9-1-1
April 10, 2012
Yolo County Citizens Academy to offer insight into criminal justice system

The Yolo County District Attorney's office is accepting applications for a Citizens Academy designed to acquaint people in the community with the various aspects of the criminal justice system.

Th academy, which will begin May 3, is sponsored by the District Attorney's Office in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office; Yolo County Probation Department; and the Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland police departments.

The goal of the academy is to educate the public, and to improve relationships and communication between the different communities in Yolo County and the criminal justice system, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

Scheduled topics include the role of the district attorney; the role of law enforcement, including internal affairs and review boards; special challenges of prosecution, including the "three strikes" law and domestic violence; race as a factor in the criminal justice system; the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office; and gangs.

The academy will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday for eight weeks beginning May 3 at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, 301 Second St., Woodland. To enroll, call Wendy Wilcox at (530) 666-8356, or email wendy.wilcox@yolocounty.org. For more information, see the website at www.yoloda.org.

The class is limited to 20 participants, and the application deadline is April 23.

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