Dallas judges take a sledgehammer to the prison administration with the school education program

The jury room was like a scene from the movie 12 angry men. In the first vote, twelve high school students agreed to convict the defendant of strangling his girlfriend in a sham trial.

But then a young man sitting near the corner of a bookshelf spoke in a low voice. He doubted the guilt of the fictional person.

“I want to know,” barked a young man at the other table. “Why do you think he’s not guilty?”

The evidence wasn’t true, his classmate explained.

Instead of a secret jury room in Dallas County’s top criminal court, these students were in their library at Kimball High School in Oak Cliff, learning about the criminal justice system from a judge-led program called Pipeline to Possibilities.

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