Jackie Payne, New Jersey

Cape May County Technical High School | Cape May Court House, NJ

What if teenagers felt they had a voice in the future of our country? This election season, the Student Reporting Labs network of more than 100 schools across the country asked middle and high school students to talk to the next president about the issues they feel need to be addressed.

Concerned by recent cases in which police officers accused of violent crimes are acquitted in court, Jackie Payne wants the next president to address inequalities in the nation’s judicial system.

Produced by Sarah Doherty and Olivia Lepor, students of Cape May County Technical High School in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Chris Jones. Mentor support provided by the PBS NewsHour.