SHSU Students Aid in Montgomery County Body Search

A group from SHSU recently assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Sam Houston State Forest in a search for human remains.
A group from SHSU recently assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Sam Houston State Forest in a search for human remains.

Ten criminal justice and forensic science students from Sam Houston State University recently assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in a real-life search for human remains in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Terrorism Expert Joins College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Stephen Sloan

A pioneering expert on international terrorism joined the College of Criminal Justice as a visiting professor.

Scholarships Open Doors of Opportunity

Katrina Caldwell-Russell, a senior at the College of Criminal Justice, has been awarded three scholarships during her college career.
Katrina Caldwell-Russell, a senior at the College of Criminal Justice, has been awarded three scholarships during her college career.

Sam Houston State Senior Katrina Caldwell-Russell sees a bright future ahead in the criminal justice field with a federal agency, as a victim counselor or perhaps by combating identity theft. But the best part of all is that she will start her career in May debt-free.

Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Case of Wrongly Convicted Death Row Inmate

Dr. Michael S. Vaughn discusses the case of Connick v. Thompson during Constitution Day at SHSU.
Dr. Michael S. Vaughn discusses the case of Connick v. Thompson during Constitution Day at SHSU.

Dr. Michael S. Vaughn, director of the College of Criminal Justice Ph.D. program, recently discussed the case of John Thompson, a innocent death row inmate who was convicted of murder and imprisoned for 18 years, during a Constitution Day celebration at Sam Houston State University.

Directors Appointed for Online, Masters Programs

To address the growth in graduate and online programs, Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice, recently named Dr. Gaylene Armstrong as Director of the Masters Program and Tessalyn Johnson as Director of E-Learning.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Charles R. Tittle

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Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Criminal Justice Center

Dr. Charles R. Tittle, a distinguished sociologist specializing in criminology, will provide the first Beto Lecture of the Fall semester on "The Uses of, and Technology for, International Surveys." Tittle is the Goodwin-Glaxo Wellcome Professor of Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. He is best known for his research on crime, deviance and social control.

University Mourns Passing of Dr. James Barrum

Dr. James Barrum, College of Criminal Justice, 1969-2009
Dr. James Barrum, College of Criminal Justice, 1969-2009

Dr. James Barrum, an Associate Professor at the College of Criminal Justice from 1969-2009 and a former Internship Coordinator, lived the University motto “The Measure of a Life is its Service.”

LEMIT Targets Program for Officers in Crisis

Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill will serve as a peer mentor during a new LEMIT program to help officers after tramatic incidents. McNeill is pictured with Dr. Rita Watkins, executive director of LEMIT, who is initiating the program in Texas.
Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill will serve as a peer mentor during a new LEMIT program to help officers after tramatic incidents. McNeill is pictured with Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director of LEMIT, who is initiating the program in Texas.

After Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill was shot in the head in a standoff with a domestic terrorist in West Odessa in September 2010, he wanted to get back to work and return to “normal.”

Drug Court Professionals Seek CMIT Services

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The Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) recently joined a growing number of international, national and state associations that use the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT)for secretariat services.

The TADCP is a non-profit organization whose objective is to reduce substance abuse and crime by establishing, and funding drug courts through collaborative community efforts. CMIT will provide administrative and logistical support for the organization, such as managing its membership and upcoming 2011 Annual Drug Court Training Program in October in Dallas.

Real Talk w/CJ: Charles Andrews, First Data Corp.

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Tue., Sept. 13, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Charles Andrews, Director of Security & Investigations at First Data Corp. USA_ Telecheck, will discuss his 30 year career in law enforcement, corporate security, business risk and consulting.

Recent Publication by SHSU Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni

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

**Akyuz, K. & Armstrong, T. (2011). Understanding the sociostructural correlates of terrorism in Turkey. International Criminal Justice Review, 21(2), 134-155.

Benson, M.L., Alarid, L.F.**, Burton, V.S. & Cullen. F.T. (2011). Reintegration or stigmatizations? Offenders expectations of community re-entry. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication.

Bouffard, J.A. & Bouffard, L.A. (2011). What works (or doesn’t) in a DUI court? An example of expedited case processing. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39(4), 320-328.

Bouffard, L. A. & Bouffard, J.A. (2011). Understanding men’s perceptions of risks and rewards in a date rape scenario. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(4), 626-645.

Bucheli, S.R., Bytheway, J.A., Gangitano, D.A. (2010). Necrophagous caterpillars provide human mtDNA evidence. Journal of Forensic Science, 55(4):1130-1132.

*Cihan, A. and Wells, W. (2011). Citizens’ opinions about police discretion in criminal investigations. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 34(2), 347-362.

Del Carmen, R.V., **Nolasco, C.A., and Vaughn, M. S. ( 2011).What Herring hath wrought: An analysis of Post-Herring cases in the federal courts. American Journal of Criminal Law, 38(2), 221-262.

Kim, H.J & Gerber, J. (2010). Evaluating the process of a restorative justice conference: An examination of the factors that lead to reintegrative shaming. Asia Pacific Journal of Police & Criminal Justice, 8(2), 1-19.

King, W.R., Cihan, A.*, and Heinonen, J. (2011). The reliability of police employee counts: Comparing FBI and ICMA data 1954-2008. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication.

Knight, K.E. (2011). Assortative mating and partner influence on antisocial behavior across the life course. Journal of Family Theory and Review. Advance online publication.

Lee, H.Y. & Gerber, J. (2009). "We just do what we think is right. We just do what we are told:" perceptions of crime and justice of North Korean defectors. Asia Pacific Journal of Police & Criminal Justice, 7(1), 21-48

Lindgren, N.K., Bucheli, S.R., Archambeault, A. D. & Bytheway, J. A. (2011). Exclusion of forensically important flies due to burying behavior by the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in southeast Texas. Forensic Science International, 204(1-3), e1-e3.

Marion, N. E. & Oliver, W. (2012). The public policy of crime and criminal justice edition 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

**Morris, R. G., Gerber, J. and Menard, S. (2011). Social bonds, self-control, and adult criminality: A nationally representative assessment of Hirschi’s revised self-control theory Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(6), 584-599.

Munoz, A., Gangitano, D.A., Smith, C.P., Boone, T.B., and Somogyi, G.T. (2010). Removal of urothelium affects bladder contractility and release of ATP but not release of NO in rat urinary bladder. BMC Urology, 10:10.

Pratt, T.C., Gau, J.M. and Franklin, T.W. (2011). Key ideas in criminology and criminal justice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Roth, M. (2011). A history of crime and punishment: Readings and documents in criminal justice. University Readers Inc.

Souryal, S.S. (2011). Ethics in criminal justice: In search of the truth edition 5. Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing

**Trulson, C.R., Caudill, J.W., Belshaw, S.H. & DeLisi, M. (2011). A problem of fit: extreme delinquents blended sentencing, and the determinants of continued adult sanctions. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 22(3), 263-284.

**Trulson, C.R., Delisi, M. & Marquart, J.W. (2011). Institutional misconduct, delinquent background, and rearrest frequency among serious and violent delinquent offenders. Crime & Delinquency, 57(5), 709-731.

Ward, J.T., Nobles, M.R., Lanza-Kaduce, L., Levett, L.M. & Tillyer, R. (2011). Caught in their own speed traps: The intersection of speed enforcement policy, police legitimacy and decision acceptance. Police Quarterly, 14 (3), 251-276.

Wells, W., Ling, W. and Ye, X. (2011). Patterns of near-repeat gun assaults in Houston. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Advance online publication.

Wells, W. & Wu, Ling (2011). Proactive policing effects on repeat and near-repeat shootings in Houston. Police Quarterly, 14(3). 289-319.

Wynne, S.L. & Joo, H.J.. (2010) Predictors of School Victimization: Individual, Familial, and School Factors. Crime & Delinquency 57, 458-488.

Youstin, T.J, Nobles, M.R., Ward, J.T. and Cook, C.L. (2011) Assessing the generalizability of the near repeat phenomenon. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(10), 1042-1063.

Zhao, J., Lai, Y.L.*, Ren, L. and Lawton, B. (2011). The impact of race/ethnicity and quality-of-life policing on public attitudes toward racially biased policing and traffic stops. Crime & Delinquency. Advance online publication.

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Serving Juvenile Offenders with Mental Health Issues

Patricia Cantu-Barrios at work in the Cameron County Juvenile Probation Office.
Patricia Cantu-Barrios at work in the Cameron County Juvenile Probation Office.

Patricia Cantu-Barrios is only one of about 36 juvenile probation officers in the state to specialize in mental health cases.

As a certified probation officer with Cameron County Juvenile Probation in Brownsville, Cantu-Barrios has a specialized caseload of 15 juveniles from ages 10 to 17 with mental health issues. In addition to providing traditional probation services, she also works with Tropical Texas Behavioral Health on medication management and on assessing and stabilizing the youth as well as protecting the public.

CMIT Trains Native American Correctional Managers

The latest class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas recently hosted the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal correctional managers from 10 states for a national training on jail leadership and succession planning.

SHSU Alumni Lead Military Prisons

Doug Dretke, Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (center) greets Peter Grande (left), retired lieutenant colonel and Chief of State at the Military Corection Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,  and Major Andrew Deaton (right), Battalion Commander of the 40th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) (Rear) (Provisional) at the American Correctional Associations' Military Reception in August.
Doug Dretke, Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (center) greets Peter Grande (left), retired lieutenant colonel and Chief of State at the Military Corection Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Major Andrew Deaton (right), Battalion Commander of the 40th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) (Rear) (Provisional) at the American Correctional Associations' Military Reception in August.

Two Sam Houston State University graduates are among the top staff at two military prisons at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, home of the United States Disciplinary Barracks(USDB), the only maximum security correctional facility for all branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF), a minimum/medium custody prison.

Grooming Security Managers with Internships

Three SHSU students, Justin Neuneker, Ana Mendez and Matthew Thomas (l to r), recently completed an internship in private security at G4S in Houston
Three SHSU students, Justin Neuneker, Ana Mendez and Matthew Thomas (l to r), recently completed an internship in private security at G4S in Houston.

Three Sam Houston State University graduate students got an insider’s view of the diverse opportunities available in private security during internships at G4S Secure Solutions (USA) in Houston, the world’s largest international security solutions group.

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