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State Rep. Reichley Visits Criminal Justice Class

Cedar Crest College professors often try to bring real-world experience into the classroom, and the criminal justice department and instructor Paul Werrel are no exception. State Representative Douglas Reichley (R-Berks/Lehigh) visited Werrel’s Crime and Public Policy class recently to speak to students about the dynamics of the media, ideology and politics involved in—as well as the disconnect at times between—policy as written and policy implementation.

Senior students Darelee Hamilton, Kelsey Wilkinson and Kayla Sween with State Rep. Douglas Reichley.
Senior students Darelee Hamilton, Kelsey Wilkinson and Kayla Sween with State Rep. Douglas Reichley.

“This was an opportunity for the students to learn first-hand the dynamics and hurdles involved in developing public policy regarding crime issues,” said Werrel. Students appreciated the learning opportunity that came with the visit.

“We learned about the difficulties involved with policy implementation, especially in the politics setting. It was interesting to also learn about his past experiences as an attorney, as well as his viewpoints on how to ‘get tough on crime,’” said Kelsey Wilkinson, a biochemistry major who minors in criminal justice. “His visit made me recognize the politician’s perspective and understand their role in policy making. It isn’t often that we can learn these subjects from the viewpoint of a politician.”