Criminal Justice Students Visit Greenville Community Court

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Members of Restorative Justice course at Thiel College visited the Greenville Community Court at the District Judge’s Office in Greenville, Pa., on Feb. 19 and witnessed firsthand Pennsylvania’s balanced and restorative justice legislative mandates.

Restorative justice emphasizes an equal concern for crime victims, offenders and the community. It also seeks to focus on the harm done to persons and relationships rather than only the violation of a law. The Community Court Program has been in operation since April 1999 and is authorized by the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas to serve as a diversionary program for first-time offenders.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.