Dual Credit Criminal Justice Class


What an ideal prison looks like according to Ricardo Mena

The Dual Credit Criminal Justice class is for students who want to learn more about the justice system and political system. This class is taught by Ross Eagle who has experienced a career as a lawyer and helps us understand how the world and laws work. Mr. Eagle recently gave the students projects such as court role plays or making an ideal prison from scratch which make the class more active. Fellow students Ricardo Mena and Christopher Pina share their thoughts on this 

Both were in agreement that the court role play was one of their favorite projects to do. The role play was about that dealt with a car accident when a man ran over a kid on his bicycle but there was a sign that said “no turning for bicycles” on that specific road but at the same time the car was speeding while turning. So Mr. Eagle came up with the idea to give everyone a role on two teams: one defends the man driving and the other the teenager who wasn’t supposed to turn on that road. Students had to play as either lawyers, suspects, judges, or victims which made everyone participate and made the class feel more alive instead of doing written assignments everyday. Another exciting assignment was the  Prison System Project was an assignment given to the students in the Dual Credit Criminal Justice class in which students had to draw on paper what an ideal prison looks like, and as a student in the class I witnessed students having a good time because it was a drawing and coloring project: something simple and easy. Student Christopher Pina stated “Yes, it’s really interesting because it teaches us about the rules there are in life in a fun way so that we can learn easier instead of giving us tests.” Mr. Eagle’s class is a lot more active and better as these projects keep coming where students can get  creative.

Whether its a prison project, a court role play, or any of Mr. Eagle’s creative projects will help improve the class as a whole because it helps students learn something new in a fun way. Ricardo Mena stated, “there was never a day I thought this wasn’t a good or fun idea, it was something that made us feel somewhat of a court but also as an activity it will never be as engaging as the first ever court case we ever did.”