Lessons on Criminal Justice

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Student-members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Debate Club recently took a field trip to the Cohalan Court Complex located in Central Islip in an effort to generate interest in a possible mock trial team.

During their visit, the students took a two-hour tour which included a description of the court room as offered by New York State Court Officer Evelyn Portes, Outreach Coordinator Kaitlyn Pickford and the Honorable Gaetan B. Lozito, Acting County Court Judge.

Additionally, all in attendance went into the holding cells for defendants and witnessed how they are brought into the court house by the Suffolk Sheriff's Department. Judge Lozito also made mention of how each discussion between the prosecution and defense attorney over bail mirrors the debate style utilized in the high school’s club.  

The 10 Debate Club students in attendance were joined by advisers John Limperatos and Sean Meade during the trip, and thanked them for affording them the opportunity to take this highly important field trip.