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Lassen County Times Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 3A Sam Williams News Editor swilliams@lassennews.com Lassen High School ninth- graders found out about Lassen County's juvenile justice system In'st hand from the people who administer it. Every ninth-grader at the school attended one of several sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 24, designed to educate the students and help reduce juvenile crime. Local law enforcement offi- cials participating in the presen- tations included Lassen County Superior Court Judge Stephen Bradbury, Lassen Superior Court Juvenile Programs Coordinator Gregg Scott, Susanville Police Officer Richard Warner, Lassen County Undersheriff Si Bollinger, Lassen County Chief Probation Officer Letha Martin, Public Defender Rhea Giannotti and Deputy District Attorney Dave Evans, The presentations were inter- active and the students were encouraged to ask the law enforcement officials questions about the justice system. Bradbury told the students the goal of the program was to make sure none of the students went away with unanswered questions about the law. "We want to interact with you," Bradbury told the stu- dents. "We want you to be informed. Knowledge is power, and we want you to be educated. We want you to know when you're edging into trouble." The judge asked the students why juveniles were treated dif- ferently than adults when they broke the same law. He asked the students why juvenile procee.dings were closed to the public -- essential- ly making them secret proceed- ings. "Society looks at you in a spe- cial way because you're not adults yet," Bradbury said. "Society recognizes you're adults in training, and you're going to make mistakes. The juvenile justice system is designed with that concept. It's a much kinder system than the adult justice system." Bradbury interrupted the pre- sentation several times to help clarify and drive home impor- tant points for the students. Bollinger told the students should they have an encounter with a law enforcement officer, much of that encounter depends upon their attitude. "A lot of how that goes depends upon how you act," Bollinger Said. Warner, who also serves as a resource officer at Lassen High School, told students his job on campus was to protect the stu- dents. He said the old days -- when students could go hunting in the morning, hang their shotgun in the window of their pickup truck and then go hunting again after school -- have passed. Wagner answered several stu- dent questions. One student asked why there are so many police in Susanville? He said he sees police everywhere up here, but when he goes to a big city such as Sacramento, he hardly sees a police officer. Warner said officers in Susanville are "spread pretty thin," but because SusanvUle is a small town, you see the offi cers more frequently because they're "a lot closer," Another difference Warner noted is when officers in Susanville have to deal with an incident, they're often on their own because fewer officers are on duty at any one time. In the big city, he said there can be "30 officers there in about a minute. We don't have that lux- tlry." Warner also responded to a question about "snitches," .those people who provide information to law enforcement officers. He said it is the criminals who complain about snitches and give providing information to law enforcement a bad name. He asked the students who was worse, the criminal who committed a crime or the person who provided the information to Lassen County Superior Court Judge Stephen Bradbury addresses High School on Thursday, Oct. 25 as part of a presentation on the Photoby Sam Williams solve the crime and put the bad guy away? The students answered, the criminal. Warner said if we all cooper- ated with law enforcement, there would be a lot less crime, and police depend upon the pub. lic for information. "It's very difficult for me to do my job if people don't tell me what's going on," he said. Martin unabashedly told the students about the horrors of juvenile hall. "Juvenile Hall is not a lovely ninth-grade students at Lassen juvenile justice system. place," she said. "Juvenile Hall is not meant to be pleasant." She told the students ff they made a trip to Juvenile Hall they would miss many of ,the ameni- ties they take for granted such as hair conditioner, bl0w dryers and brand name deodorant. Sam Williams News Editor swilliams@lassennews.com When Lassen High School ninth-graders met with county law enforcement officials Wednesday, they received infor- mation designed to help them live a better life. Prior to the meeting students received a 70-page booklet that covered a wide variety of topics. The booklet didn't limit itself to simply recapping various laws affecting juveniles -- it also pro- vided information on family law, computer/internet crimes, : s~h~! :rights and. responsibili, ties, laws for young drivers, hunting and fishing licenses, juvenile rights and how the laws change when a student becomes 18-years-old. Gregg Scott and the Lassen Superior Court Juvenile Program's staff prepared, the booklet. In a letter to the students, Lassen County Superior Court Judge. Stephen Bradbury encouraged the students to- review the information in the booklet and discuss it with their parents. Watch for your name Congratulations! -- Russell Novalay of Susanville You have won 2 FREE passes to Sierra Theatre or Uptown Cinema. You have 7 days from this publica- tion to stop by the Lassen County Times at 100 Grand Avenue and pick them up. Winners are picked at random from the Times mailing list. We do Beautiful Hair We do Walk-ins Bradbury wrote the juvenile jUstice system in Lassen County is "based on the belief that a suc- cessful future depends upon a person learning tO make good decisions when he or she is young. My own experience in years of court cases examining the lives of many people, both young and old, has borne this out. Simply put, good decisions make life more satisfying and easier; bad decisions create grief and remorse and cause life to be more difficult." According to Bradbury's letter to the students, it's impOrtant ybuflg 15edl31e ~tifi~d~rStanfi "hb~ they fit into society. "Think about how in a free society rights and responsibili- ties of a citizen are two parts of a whole," Bradbury wrote. "One cannot be effective with- A Proposition 65 Public Notice The ~UforrR Safe [~firg~ ~bater ar .Toxic Enforcement Act requires Califorr businesses to advise employees az neighbors of any potentml exposure cherr~ls considered bythe state to cau cancer, birth defects, or other reproduct~ harm. Lassen Power wants you to I 1ow detectable amounts of some of the= substances may be found in and around facility located at County Road - A2 Westwcod, California. Potential sources these substances can wclude Wastewcx and common products such as gasolir oil, gas, paint, weld~g rods, and cleani solvents. out the other. In presenting this program as part of education, we do so with the belief that knowledge of the law helps you better understand your rights, more easily accept and meet your responsibilities and makes your life more meaningful and trouble free. Our communication with you is one of the m'ost important duties we, as leaders of our com- munity, undertake, since you are learning and growing into adult life and will lead the community in the future -- a comtnunity where the citizens are the final authority in governing the rela- tionships among its members." Law enforcement officials and members of the public make an important contribution to Lassen County's juvenile justice system. The Teen Court Board of Directors includes Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns, Lassen County Sheriff Steve Warren, Susanville Chief of Police Jeff Atkinson, Lassen County Chief Probation Officer Letha Martin, Juvenile Justice Commissioner Dawn Tornell and Bradbury. The Teen Court Advisory Board, Lassen County Juvenile Justice Commission members include Tornell, Atkinson, Bruce Davie, Patty Gunderson, William Merkle, A1 Robbins, Nancy Satica, Kenneth Theobald, Warren and two stu- dent representatives. 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