Ten IUP students and one faculty member from the
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice spent a week over the winter break touring London and
learning about the United Kingdom’s criminal justice system.
Professor Glen Ishoy’s three-credit Criminal
Justice of England class spent January 6–13 in London, taking guided tours of
not just tourist landmarks, but also many facilities ranging from jails to
courts that show how the kingdom of five nations—Great Britain, Ireland,
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales—handles crime.
“Nobody in our department had done a trip abroad in
quite a while, so I wanted to try it,” Ishoy said. “I thought it sounded like a
fun trip for the students.”
The 10 students on the trip were: Ethan Blackie,
Trace Bradley, Alex Christy, Jon Cintron, Krista Edwards, Haley LeJeune, Lonnie
Palmer, Nathan Rodgers, Alexandria Taylor, and Andrew Wasielewski. Christy is a
political science major; the other nine are criminology majors.
Among the highlights of the trip were guided visits
to courthouses of varying kinds, from criminal to supreme to coroner’s. The
group also made stops at the London Metro Police Department—the famed
“Scotland Yard”—the British Transportation Police, where crimes involving
trains and subways were investigated, and “Old Bailey,” the building where
executions were held in medieval times.
“We learned a lot about their policing styles,”
said Ishoy. “It was interesting to meet with them and see how they do things.”
The students also saw some of the more famous
tourist landmarks in London, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. They also
took the Jack the Ripper Tour, where they walked to some of the locations of
the notorious murders from the late 1880s that are still unsolved.
Ishoy said he hopes to build a trip like this into
the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s curriculum on a more consistent basis, with a
revolving list of other cities around the world that could be included.
“My plan right now is to try to do it every other
year,” he said. “And there are a lot of other places we could go.”