June 7, 2006
"It is always important to collaborate with people from all over the world," said Ljiljana Miksaj-Todorovic, professor and chair of the department of criminology at the University of Zagreb. "I feel American colleagues in the field of criminology are more practical than European colleagues. When we come to America, we see a lot of practical approaches and creativity in practice and that is something my students really need for their future careers."
In April 2005, the University of Zagreb and Indiana State signed a two-year memorandum of cooperation calling for faculty, student and administrative exchanges, joint research and community outreach, including continuing education. The agreement stemmed from ongoing collaboration between Miksaj-Todorovic and Sudipto Roy, associate professor of criminology at Indiana State.
The United States has been increasingly using alternative sanctions since the 1970s, said Roy, whose research focuses on alternative sentencing.
"We discussed a lot about the different types of alternative sanction programs we are offering in the United States, programs such as victim restitution, electronic home monitoring, day reporting centers, therapeutic communities, halfway houses, etc.," Roy said.
Miksaj-Todorovic and Professor Aleksander Budjanovac, as well as their students, discussed alternative sanctions that are being used in various European countries.
"We were introduced to the whole new system that you have here in the United States and it was a very full experience," said Janja Dragajovic, a 22-year-old junior from Zagreb. "You have a lot more money than we do. Your prisons look a lot better than ours, and you have varied community-based programs while we are still developing new programs."
Calling prisons "old-fashioned" and citing overcrowding of correctional facilities in Croatia, Dragajovic said the Zagreb students appreciated learning about alternative sentencing and treatment programs for criminals addicted to alcohol and other drugs as a way "to give them another chance."
American students also can learn from exchanges and Indiana State plans to send five students to Zagreb during the 2006-07 academic year, said Roy. "In this day of globalization, students need to know what is happening in other countries," he said.
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Students from the University of Zagreb in Croatia have completed a two-week seminar on community-based corrections. The seminar is part of a coooperative agreement between Indiana State University and the University of Zagreb's new corrections program.