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Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal Justice (Summer)
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Jeremy Schmeltzer

Major: Criminology
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this experience through my Crim 435 class here at Penn State. My professor is the host of the program and was talking about it the first few weeks of class for those that are interested.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience was eye-opening. It really showed me what different parts of the world are like because before this experience I never left the country. So this was a new piece of my life. Being there made me see what the criminal justice system is like in the Netherlands and how productive they are in rehabilitating their criminal population. While we were there, we saw the Van Gogh Museum and Parliament first hand. It was really incredible to see that type of stuff. For me, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am glad I took it.

My experience was eye-opening. It really showed me what different parts of the world are like because before this experience I never left the country.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This helped me academically because it really made me think about if I was making the right choice in following a career in criminology and I believe that I am. This made me see how different our criminal justice system is compared to others around the world and it is scary. So from this program, I know now that I made the right choice and I plan to help people in the future.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Now I plan to go into a career that will help those involved with being on the wrong side of the law. I know that these people have made mistakes and may even be dangerous individuals but I feel that our Justice system is too harsh on people. We have many people in prisons who are there for non-violent drug issues and that can lead to overpopulation and lead to produce violent offenders later down the road. I want to help those in that type of problem and make sure they do not re-offend and go back to jail.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would because if I could do it again I would. I was just a really neat place to study and more people should see it for themselves.

 

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