State Attorney Brian Haas

State Attorney Brian Haas announces Inaugural Citizens Academy

State Attorney Brian Haas announced Friday that he will be launching the Inaugural State Attorney’s Citizens Academy.

State Attorney Brian Haas

State Attorney Brian Haas

“Understanding the criminal justice system is vital, as it plays an important role in all of our lives. This nine-week program was designed to give citizens in our circuit a behind-the-scenes look at the criminal justice system and the work that goes into the prosecution of a case,” Haas said.

“Those who are selected from a competitive application process will have the opportunity to hear from the top prosecutors in our circuit about how cases are built – from the crime scene all the way to jury selection and a trial – and how this office works with law enforcement to pursue justice for our victims.”

After nine weeks of teaching, Citizens Academy participants will then try their own mock case in a courtroom. For more information about the program or to apply, please visit:

“This is an incredibly unique experience,” Haas said, “and I’m excited to share it with our community.”

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