MY SENIOR PROJECT
MOCK TRIAL AND CLOTHING DRIVE
MY ALP VIDEO
2 ELEMENTS OF MY PROJECT
I wrote a mock trial for the US History class on the Andrew Jackson time period. I also went into the classroom and orchestrated it.
I started a Dress for Success clothing drive. With this, I collected clothes and donated them to public defenders offices.
WHAT INSPIRED ME?
I decided to take senior project because I wanted to create something that combined my three passions, writing, public speaking, and the criminal justice system. This class seemed like the best opportunity to do that.
My name is Victoria Farrington and I am a senior at Mansfield High School.
I am involved in field hockey, softball, and the performing arts department at Mansfield High School. I am also the captain of the MHS Mock Trial Team and try to keep myself as civically engaged as possible.
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
716 out of every 1000,00 American citizens are incarcerated
The prison population has increased by 500% in the past 40 years
Mass incarceration is high imprisonment rates
Private attorneys, which cost a lot of money, are 2.7 times more likely to have their defendant acquitted
80% of low-income Americans have legal needs that can not be met due to the expense of private attorneys
Compared to white males, Hispanic men are 2.7 times as likely to go to jail.
African Americans make up 40% of the prison population
Two-thirds of adult colored males are arrested before reaching the age of 30
GOALS: My goals for my project were to successfully teach students about mock trial and collect clothing for public defenders offices.
I first had to research the Andrew Jackson time period and create a plot and plan for my mock trial.
Next, I started to write the mock trial and started to plan out how I was going to present the trial to the class and wrote the affidavits. I also met with my mentor, Mr. Foley and scheduled the dates to go into his classroom.
For my next step I had to start developing the second part of my fieldwork, my "Dress for Success Drive". I had to contact the lawyer I was working with and then I started to figure out the logistics of my project.
After this, I started to make flyers and advertise the clothing drive. I emailed local stores and close friends and families asking for donations.
I started collecting all of the clothes and transported them to the public defender's office in Brockton.
I went into Mr. Foley's and Mrs. Heeden's classroom and completed the mock trial with the students. The first day I went I explained what a mock trial was and helped them prepare for it. The second day the students performed the trial.