Gianna Granito

  • Gianna Granito
  • “I learned so much on this trip and so much history.”

  • Gianna Granito, a criminal justice major from Orwigsburg, PA

    Gianna went beyond the classroom this summer, about 3,200 miles beyond, to study the criminal justice system in Ireland and learn how it compares with the U.S. justice system.

    “I could name a million differences and a bunch of similarities. I definitely learned a lot between the two systems.”

    Gianna, along with some of her classmates, took part in the Comparative Justice in Ireland program and learned that the Irish take a different approach. For example, the Irish police – called the Garda -- do not carry guns, and it’s difficult for a resident to possess one. She learned that the police in Ireland first try to deescalate a situation instead of being aggressive. However, Ireland has a special forces unit if the police need more aggressive enforcement.

    Gianna also learned that the Irish criminal justice system takes a rehabilitative approach, providing what she said were abundant resources and assistance to help disadvantaged people improve their situations.

    Gianna visited the Criminal Courthouse, the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison turned museum in Dublin, and several other jails and prisons.

    It was all valuable information for Gianna who hopes to attend law school and become a lawyer.

    “Anything can happen and a criminal justice degree gives you many outlets but as of right now that is my plan.”

    When she wasn’t studying, Gianna was traveling all over Ireland to see the sights. She saw and was photographed near the Cliffs of Moher, visited the interlocking basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and kissed the Blarney Stone. 

    “I definitely learned a lot between the two systems.”