Dr. Charles Friel, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Corrections Association, a statewide umbrella organization representing all aspects of the correctional profession in the state.
Founded in 1963, the Texas Corrections Association represents more than 600 professionals in Texas, including employees at local and state correctional institutions as well as probation and parole agencies. It is dedicated to enhancing and building the corrections profession, and its mission is to raise public awareness sand support for the profession, promote ethical practices, create opportunities for education and training, and protect communities through citizen support.
“We are excited to have Dr. Friel join the TCA Board of Directors,” said TCA President Stuart Jenkins, Director of the TDCJ Parole Division in Austin. “Dr. Friel brings to TCA an outstanding reputation in the corrections field and will expand the role of TCA into the very important educational realm of the corrections profession. We look forward to his guidance.”
Dr. Friel said his role will be to help bridge the gap between students and operating agencies. He hopes to find new ways to get student researchers involved in the organization and to open the doors at correctional facilities and programs to get involved with research opportunities with universities.
“It’s a great organization and has been around a long time,” said Dr. Friel. “It has been influential in many of the wonderful advances in the corrections system in Texas. The advances in Texas have been greater than any other state in the nation, and many other states are copying what we do here.”
A former Dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, Dr. Friel’s teaching and research has focused on information systems applications in criminal justice. He served as chairman of a number of policy steering committees for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in setting national standards for justice information and statistics. He also served as a consultant to the United Nations in the development of the World Crime Survey and has received fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Justice and the People’s Republic of China, lecturing on justice information systems in those countries.
Dr. Friel(r) wants to bridge the gap betweeen academia and operating agencies. He is pictured here with Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.Dr. Friel’s areas of expertise include statistical methodology and research design, program planning and evaluation, correctional forecasting and policy analysis, and management information and statistical systems. He has written and lectured extensively in the field and received various awards for his contributions, including the O.J. Hawkins Award from SEARCH: The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics; the Justice Charles W. Barrow Award from the Texas Association for Court Administration; and the Ron Beattie Award from the Association for Correctional Research and Information Management.
Before retiring in 2005, Dr. Friel served as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice from 1986 to 1991. He also was Director of Research for the College’s predecessor, the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science, from 1967-1976.
During his distinguished career, Dr. Friel has been very active in the correction community, serving on the SEARCH Board of Directors, The Research Council of the American Correctional Association, and as an advisor on jail planning and administration for the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Department of Justice. He also was a consultant on many national, state, and county correction programs for youth and adults.
This is the second time that Dr. Friel will serve the association. He was originally elected a director in 1970-72.