Criminal Justice Professors and Students Present Research at National Conference

Chi-Fang Lilly Tsai, Dr. Vincent Webb and Claire Nolasco at ASC

Research from 27 faculty and 36 graduate students from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice was presented during the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in San Francisco from Nov. 17-20.

The ASC, the largest professional criminology association with about 3,500 members from 50 countries, is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. Its members include students, practitioners and academicians from the many fields of criminal justice and criminology.

The papers presented by SHSU representatives in San Francisco covered a broad range of topics, including police operations, crime, DWI courts, female offenders, juvenile offenders, drug use, victimization, terrorism, international comparisons, and the sociology and psychology of crime.

"The American Society of Criminology is the premier conference for academic criminologists," said Dr. Michael Vaughn, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice. "Students get exposure from scholars across the world, and students have the opportunity to listen to speakers who report on their latest research representing the full gamut of the criminological enterprise."

The conference is of particular importance to graduate students, who gain exposure for their work among international scholars in the field. A total of 28 Ph.D. students attended the conference, with 23 of them sponsored by the college.

"The College of Graduate Studies and the College of Criminal Justice together provide up to $1,000 per student for travel money to attend the ASC, more than any other criminal justice or criminology Ph.D. program," Vaughn said. "Prior to the conference, all SHSU student presenters engaged in a practice presentation, which allowed them to hone their presentation skills prior to giving their formal paper at the meeting."

Among the research presented by SHSU graduate students and faculty were:

  • Drunken Driving: recidivism among DWI offenders; treatment compliance in DWI Drug Court programs; DWI manslaughter cases
  • Substance Abuse: drug courts in Texas; Internet and drug use; substance abuse, deviant behavior and high school dropouts
  • Legal Issues: civil liability during hot pursuits; narcotic detection dogs; sex offender registration statutes; future of capital punishment
  • Biological Criminology: resting heart rate, head injury and criminal behavior; nature and nurture linked to childhood antisocial behavior
  • International Issues: Internet media and terrorism in Turkey; motor bike theft in Taiwan; prosecution of Asian heads of state; homicide correlates among countries in the Western Hemisphere; delinquency in China and the United States; factors in delinquent behavior in Taiwan; parenting and delinquent behavior in Korea
  • Police Operations: Effectiveness of GIS; storefront operations; Neighborhood Watch Programs; police use of force; life course of police organizations; police presence and impact on crime
  • Social Issues: Texas employers attitudes toward hiring ex-offenders; concealed handguns on college campuses; Hispanic adolescence and deviance; delinquency in Asian societies; law enforcement and language barriers
  • Psychological Issues: the transition to parenthood and criminal behavior; parental drug use and crime; parental drug use and substance use by children
  • Correctional Issues: restorative justice programs; assessment tools for female offender
  • Victimization: Institutional response to male assault victims behavior; intimate partnership violence in older offenders and victims; intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Crime: homicide in intimate relationships; clearance rates in robberies and burglaries; violent crimes and nearby land use and facilities.
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