International Corrections Leader Visits SHSU

International Corrections Leader Gary Hill met with SHSU Ph.D. students. Pictured are (l to r) Hill, Jonathan Grubb, Abdullah Cihan and CMIT Director Doug Dretke
International Corrections Leader Gary Hill met with SHSU Ph.D. students. Pictured are (l to r) Hill, Jonathan Grubb, Abdullah Cihan and CMIT Director Doug Dretke.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at Sam Houston State University recently hosted a leader in international corrections for a tour and visits with state criminal justice representatives.

Gary Hill, a U.S. board member with the International Corrections and Prisons Association and chair of the Functional Committee for the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Panel, has travelled the world visiting prison systems. He came to Sam Houston State University to see the leadership programs offered in the corrections field and to talk with state planners, senior correction managers and graduate students in Texas.

Among the topics he discussed were how terrorist groups are handled by prisons internationally and a program to reduce HIV/AIDS in prisons in Iran.

“It was an honor to host Gary Hill's visit and have an opportunity to share some of his expertise and experience with correctional professionals and some of our graduate students,” said Doug Dretke, Director of CMIT. “We look forward to our continued discussion and exploration about possible program collaborations in the future.”

Hill met with Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners, a group of executive managers from Texas counties who meet to discuss common issues in the criminal justice system; CMIT’s Senior Level Corrections Leadership Development Program; two Ph.D. students with interest in terrorism and human trafficking; and Kelli Arena, Dan Rather Endowed Chair of Journalism at SHSU, who travels all over the world lecturing and giving workshops to disenfranchised women.

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