Carlijn van Baak (MA, LL.B.) completed her Bachelor’s degree in Law at Avans-Fontys University in Tilburg, the Netherlands in 2014. During her Bachelor’s program, Carlijn studied Criminal Justice for one semester at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 2013. This experience raised an interest in the American criminal justice system with a specific focus on corrections. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Carlijn returned to Texas for two years to obtain her Masters of Arts (MA) in Criminal Justice & Criminology at Sam Houston State University. During her Master’s program, Carlijn visited the Walls unit in Huntsville on several occasions and conducted interviews with inmates as part of a research project. She has published several articles on criminological topics and has presented her research on various conferences throughout the United States. After completing her Master’s degree in 2016, Carlijn returned to the Netherlands where she is currently working for the courthouse. Carlijn will be starting her Master’s degree in Criminal Law (LL.M.) at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in September 2019.
After watching the documentaries ‘Code Red: The Death Penalty’ and ‘Deal with Death’, Carlijn was immediately captivated by the injustices in Clinton’s case and has been following his case ever since. Determined to help Clinton and other death row inmates, she joined the Foundation as a volunteer in June 2019.