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Sharell Lewis to Partner with Fort Valley State University and Picks up Impressive Endorsements

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, candidate for District Attorney Sharell Lewis announced the latest plank in her platform to work with the next generation to break the cycle of violence in our community. Lewis announced that as District Attorney she will establish a Criminal Justice Internship for college students. To make this more than a campaign promise, Lewis and Fort Valley State University President, Dr. Larry Rivers, have already agreed that FVSU will be the very first university to participate in the program. Lewis & Rivers look forward to a productive partnership encouraging our young people to make a better future for the next generation.

Students studying criminal justice at FVSU will get exposure to real life prosecution. During their internship they will see how cases are handled in real life. They will get to do more than just watch it on television. Lewis hopes this will encourage these college students to pursue careers in law enforcement and criminal justice.

The goal of the internship is to provide solutions to the youth violence problem plaguing our society.

Interns will get to see real cases, watch real trials and talk to prosecutors, investigators and law enforcement officers. The students will keep data on the causes of violent encounters and then work with the Youth Commission on Alternative to Violence to determine why these conflicts escalate to violence and search for solutions to the problem.

Lewis has been a constant advocate for crime prevention but is frustrated by the mainstream media's lack of concern when it comes to solutions. Only the Georgia Informer published the announcement Lewis made in August concerning her Youth Commission on Alternatives to Violence (see the September issue for the full article). This Commission will include high school students from public and private schools in Bibb, Crawford and Peach Counties. The purpose of the commission is to make recommendations on ways to prevent violent activities among youth and help the District Attorney develop messages designed to get through to young people about the severe consequences of violent behavior.

Part of the Criminal Justice Internship will include working as guides and role models for the high school members of the Youth Commission. Lewis wants to make sure that the next generation sees the real life consequences of violent choices. Lewis stresses that "life is not a video game and there is no reset button. Once a crime of violence occurs, the consequences are permanent and real."

Dr. Rivers is not the only prominent citizen helping Sharell Lewis become the next District Attorney. Because of Lewis' concern for the entire community, Lewis has gotten her the endorsement of many attorneys including Virgil L. Adams and Stephanie Woods Miller. She also has the support of business and community leaders like William T. Barnes, Jr.; Albert Billingslea; and Andrew L. Galloway. Her most cherished support comes from the overwhelming support she has gotten from the local ministers such as Dr. Rev. Walter L. Glover, Jr. (Greater Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church); Rev. Henderson Carswell (Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church); Rev. Michael W. Johnson (Fulton Baptist Church); Rev. Charles A. Lewis (Steward Chapel AME Church). To see more of those endorsing Sharell Lewis visit her website at

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