College of Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Real Talk with CJ: Patricia Pecina Wosnitzky and Laura Purcell

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Sigma. Patricia Pecina Wosnitzky attended McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas before transferring to Sam Houston State where she earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Police Science in 1987. While attending SHSU, Patricia was an active member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and was named to the Dean’s List and The Golden Key National Honor Society. In 1989, Patricia began her first job in probation at Falls County Adult Probation.

In November 1993, she continued her career in Criminal Justice with Fort Bend County Community Supervision and Corrections Department where she is still employed and has served in several capacities, including supervising a Spanish-speaking caseload and serving as SAFPF Coordinator. She was named the first Drug Court Coordinator and was instrumental in developing and implementing the CARD program. Currently, Patricia is a Senior Community Supervision officer and oversees a team of line officers. She is certified to conduct substance abuse evaluations as well as in-house training. She is also assigned to County Court at Law #1 as a liaison officer in addition to being in a rotated assignment for the Associate Judge who serves the district courts in the county.

Laura Purcell attended Blinn Junior College and transferred to Sam Houston State University in 2006, where she majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. While at SHSU she was a member of the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon where she served as the President, Vice President, and Public Relations Chairman. She received the Top Academic award at the 2007 Regional Competition for her performance in Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice and Police Management. Immediately after graduation, she began work with the Fort Bend County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, where she was assigned to supervise a misdemeanor caseload, which consisted of approximately 120 probationers who typically received 6 months to 2 years probation. In November of 2009, she was selected to supervise one of the Special Sanctions Caseloads. As a special sanctions court officer she now assesses each case that is placed on Felony Probation. She also monitors the defendant’s substance abuse and refers them to the proper treatment program when needed.


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