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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Jail to Shawnee Forest, seniors learn government operations

  • Carrier Mills-Stonefort senior government class went to jail and made a court appearance.
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  • Carrier Mills-Stonefort senior government class went to jail and made a court appearance.
    The Carrier Mill-Stonefort high school government class of Mark Motsinger toured the Saline County Detention Center, Saline County Courthouse and Harrisburg City Hall on May 6.
    The seniors began their tour at Saline County Detention Center in Harrisburg. After being processed through the metal detector by Court Security Officer Ron Williams, the seniors were escorted through the facility by Correctional Officer Matt Wise.
    The students saw the process that a prisoner would experience from entry at the Sally Port to, through booking and the holding area, to the actual cells.
    The seniors were treated to a tour of the jail control room by Wise and an in-depth tour and description of operations of the Saline County Dispatch Center by Telecommunicator Steve Hollerson.
    Leaving the jail the seniors visited the Saline County Courthouse where they had a question and answer session with Judge Walden Morris. Morris briefly explained the county judicial system and described the process of being selected as a judge and circuit judge.
    The seniors then attended traffic court to observe the judicial process in action. Then it was off to the circuit clerks office for a brief description of the functions of the office.
    The outing concluded with a visit to Harrisburg City Hall and the Shawnee National Forest Harrisburg Headquarters before returning to the high school.

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