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New Vision: Criminal Justice Education for Students

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 66 Issue: 3 Dated: (March 1997) Pages: 20-24
C N Wilson
Date Published
5 pages
The New Vision Criminal Justice Program, developed by a committee of New York State educators in 1990, is an interdisciplinary immersion model that takes high school seniors out of the traditional school setting and places them in the working world.
The program goal is to provide high school students with an enhanced understanding of the criminal justice system and law enforcement. New Vision instructors attempt to reinforce and expand on the educational background high school seniors bring to the program by assigning projects that require them to synthesize data from various disciplines and relate the information to daily life. The New Vision curriculum relies on an integrated approach to classroom instruction but is flexible enough so that regular adjustments do not infringe on program effectiveness. During a given school year, students have the opportunity to participate in at least 30 internships, ranging from spending a morning with a probation or parole officer to spending a day with a court reporter. Students also complete various public service projects and take part in field trips during the school year. Academically, students complete daily reading and writing assignments, conduct group presentations, and complete book reports and position papers. The New Vision application procedure is described, and program costs and benefits are summarized. 3 photographs