Recent Publications -- Spring 2015

Here is a list of publications recently produced by faculty, students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Crime Victims' Institute Surveys Texas Emergency Shelters


Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, medical advocacy, individual counseling and others, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Intern Finds Her Calling in Texas Legislature


As an undergraduate and graduate student at the College of Criminal Justice, Shelby O’Brien has spent a year as an intern with Texas Rep. Todd Hunter of House District 32, the coastal half of Nueces County and part of Port Aransas. She served constituents, set schedules and learned all she could about human trafficking and the Texas Legislature.

Dr. Jones Studied Drug Cartels in Mexico


As a doctoral student studying drug cartels in Mexico, Dr. Nathan Jones was given the nickname La Barbie after an American who became a Mexican drug lord and wound up as a snitch. The locals were convinced the young, clean cut student was a CIA or FBI agent.

LEMIT Hosts Polish National Police Delegation

May 1, 2015 – May 12, 2015 The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) welcomes a delegation of six Polish National Police executives to Huntsville as part of an annual international exchange program among LEMIT, Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and the Polish National Police. The delegation includes Director Robert Zolkiewski, Chief Adam Kolodziejski, Chief Sebastian Banaszak, Chief JarosÅ‚aw Rzymkowski, Chief Marek Swiszcz, and Chief Tomasz Trawinski.

The International Police Program at (LEMIT) is tailored to the increasing need for a global perspective in law enforcement. The opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world provides an invaluable experience in sharing and learning across a broad spectrum of law enforcement issues.

The delegation will visit local police departments, court systems, jails, prisons, and other criminal justice agencies throughout the state to exchange policing ideas between the two countries.

For additional questions regarding the program, please contact Yvette Shorten, International Police Program Lead, at 936-294-3851 or wys001@shsu.edu.

Lyons Named Criminal Justice Dean, Director

Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert.

“As we embark on a new chapter in the college, I am confident that Dr. Lyons will work to ensure the continued success of the college and center and will develop a comprehensive strategy that incorporates the diverse strengths and aspirations of the faculty and staff,” he said.

New Lecture Series Launched on Innovating Police at LEMIT

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) launched a new Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of longtime supporter Dr. Larry T. Hoover, which will present innovative and practical ideas to law enforcement agencies on policing in the 21st Century.

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