SCC Hosts People’s Rights Academy in Honor of Constitution Week


West Burlington- Southeastern Community College (SCC), along with Iowa’s Judicial District 8, hosted the People’s Rights Academy on Thursday evening. The event was hosted by Eighth Judicial District Judge Michael Schilling.

The event, held to commemorate Constitution Week, featured members of Iowa’s judiciary, local county attorneys and prosecutors, and representative from the Iowa Department of Corrections. Each discussed topics involving the process of trying defendants, and what goes on to establish and administer sentences to guilty persons.

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Thomas Waterman began the evening sharing his experiences of real-life examples of how the executive, legislative, and judicial branches work together in the criminal justice system. 

“There’s often a misunderstanding of how our justice system operates,” says Waterman. Waterman explained how justices are tasked with deciding if sentences are in accordance with the law or the Constitution.

State Senators, Tom Courtney and Rich Taylor addressed the role of the executive and legislative branches in the prosecution and sentencing of defendants.

 “We’re very honored to sponsor the People’s Rights Academy,” says SCC President, Dr. Michael Ash. “We’re thankful for all the work our local government does for us and our community.”

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