On March 20, 2019, 6th grade students and teachers from Phoenix Middle, South Plaquemines Elementary and Boothville-Venice Elementary Schools spoke with local elected officials about what happens when someone decides to break the law and is caught.
District Attorney Charles Ballay welcomed the students and explained the role of the District Attorney’s Office in criminal prosecution. He talked about the teamwork between his office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Clerk’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies that is needed in order to bring criminals to justice.
District Attorney Charles Ballay, Sheriff Jerry Turlich, and Clerk of Court Kim Turlich-Vaughan spoke on each of their job duties and responsibilities.
Trustees Sherman Esteen and Robin Bunley accompanied by Sgt. Pamela Bentley spoke to the students about their life behind bars. Sherman explained that being a follower, succumbing to peer pressure and making poor decisions led him to where he is today and Robin stated that the hardest part of being in prison is being away from family. At the end of each presentation, students were allowed to ask questions.
The District Attorney’s Office believes that actively involving students in the legal process, as Project LEAD does, increases the students’ understanding of the law and that this newfound understanding will foster respect for the law and its principles.