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Grand jury members needed for new year

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Feb 24 2014 08:20:36 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 08:21:33 PM CST
County of Shasta
REDDING, Calif. -

The Shasta County Grand Jury is looking for potential jurors in the upcoming year.

A grand jury investigates local government and makes recommendations for improvement; a grand jury does not investigate criminal activity, at least not where violence is involved.

After an investigation, the grand jury will put together a yearly report with detailed recommendations, and a new jury is selected.

A regular court does not preside over the grand jury.

It’s considered unpaid volunteer work, but jurors say it’s fulfilling in many ways.

Grand Juror Marsha Caranci said the work leads to real results.

“If you go back in history, there were several Grand Jury reports about the need for a new Shasta County Library. That may not be the only reason we have that nice facility on Cypress, but it’s probably one of the reasons,” said Caranci.

Another grand jury member, Ray Frisbie, said it leads to accountability.

“You meet people that you only see from your side of the camera a lot of times, people you've interviewed," said Frisbie. "Now we get to sit down with them, ask them tough questions. They can answer freely because Grand Jury investigations are confidential."

Jurors said it takes time, and while it has been done by someone with a full-time job, it’s not easy.

If you’re interested in becoming a grand jury member, go to their website or there’s an informational meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Redding City Hall.