KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- UT is offering course to students which allow them to KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- UT is offering course to students which allow them to
learn more about criminal justice and improve the efficiency of Knox
County's criminal justice system, university officials announced Jan. 4.

Dr. Lonnie McIntyre, a UT education professor, said students will

attend at least 10 Knox County Criminal Court sessions next spring.

The course will help the local criminal justice system by encouraging

students to be better volunteers, said McIntyre, who is a member of the
Tennessee Corrections Volunteer Advisory Board.

"Tennessee's criminal justice system -- like those in many states --
is

understaffed and facing tight budgets," McIntyre said.

"Volunteers are a major part of the workforce that handles the state's

corrections workload, McIntyre said. Many of these students will become
more valuable as volunteers with the first-hand training they receive
through this course.

The students will study the roles of the offices of probation, public

defender, attorney general and criminal court judge and do volunteer
work

for the offices.

The course, McIntyre said, will expose students to jobs in fields such
as

social work, law, human services and probation. It also will include

lectures from Tennessee Department of Corrections probation officer
Lorrin

Harris; Knox County Public Defender Mark Stephens; Attorney General Randy
Nichols; and Criminal Court Judges Richard Baumgartner, Ray L. Jenkins and
Mary Beth Leibowitz.

"The students are going to learn a lot about what happens in the
criminal

court systems, so it's an educational opportunity for them," Leibowitz

said.

Any one interested in registering for the course should contact McIntyre at
974-4207.