Supervisor Sequanna Taylor hosted “Youth Courthouse Day” at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Tuesday to give high school students a look inside the youth justice system.
“Youth Courthouse Day will inspire students to make good choices, stay in school, and pursue higher education so that the best possible opportunities are open to them,” said Supervisor Sequanna Taylor.
About 20 students from Golda Meir and Holy Redeemer high schools met with Chief Judge Maxine White, and participated in a mock courtroom role-playing scenario where they took turns acting out the roles of attorneys, judge, and courtroom staff.
Students ate their lunch in the break room for juries and met with the Clerk of Courts, John Barrett.
Students also visited the intake room and evidence room in the Milwaukee County Safety Building and met with representatives of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Bria Smith, President of the City of Milwaukee Youth Council, and Kalan Haywood II, Wisconsin’s youngest state legislator, spoke with participating youth in the County Board room about how youth can get involved and make a difference in issues they care about and that represent justice to them, and afterwards toured the offices of the County Board of Supervisors.
This year’s Youth Courthouse Day is the third organized by Supervisor Taylor since she took first office in April 2016.