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Shorter Offers Crime Camp for Teens Interested in Criminal Justice

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Rome, Ga. – Shorter University is offering a five-day Crime Camp for teens ages 16 to 18 who are interested in an inside look at the criminal justice system. The camp, hosted by the university’s Department of Social Sciences, will be held on Shorter’s campus June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

The cost to attend is $50, which includes a t-shirt. To register, visit https://goo.gl/forms/WM9EBwT2ogRyQqdy2 or email lpitts@shorter.edu for additional information.

“This is a really unique opportunity for students to see different career fields that exist within the realm of criminal justice,” said Linn Pitts, assistant professor of criminal justice at Shorter. “It is an honest view that they may not gain from social media or television portrayals. Camps similar to this across the country can cost as much as $700, so it is a great value.”

Shorter’s Crime Camp will allow participants to meet law enforcement agents, professors, and other students who share an interest in criminal justice. Activities will explore the operations of a crime lab and jail functions plus a look at how police would respond to different types of calls.

“Crime Camp allows students to see inside the criminal justice system and meet with local practitioners in a cooperative learning format,” Pitts said. “Students will be able to interact with practitioners serving in most areas of the criminal justice system and discuss their experiences. They’ll even have the opportunity to investigate a mock crime scene and argue a case before a judge.”

Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts university committed to excellence in education. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually include Shorter on their lists of best Southeastern Colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 40 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, associate’s and master’s programs.