LEMIT Provides Officer Support for Critical Incidents

Photo of a police car speeding down the street.

In 2007, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy was driving home from a night shift when two impaired, teenaged girls who had wrecked on the highway ran out from behind an 18-wheeler on Interstate 45. The officer hit the young women, and they were killed.

“I didn’t remember the incident, and I was real hard on myself because I thought I would feel worse than I did,” said Alan H. “I didn’t have as much guilt as I thought I should have. There was no way to avoid it (the accident). I was going 62 mph, below the speed limit. There was nothing I could have done.”

Anti-Fraud Club Forming at SHSU

logo for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

A new student organization is forming at Sam Houston State University for those interested in careers as anti-fraud specialists in government, insurance, investigations, white collar crime and cybercrime, just to name a few.

Real Talk w/CJ: Texas Game Warden Ellis Powell

Real Talk with CJ

Wed Sep 26, 2012
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Linking Genes and Childhood Adversity to Criminal Behavior

Dr. Todd Armstrong poses in a stand of DNA.
Dr. Todd Armstrong is studying the links between specific genetic markers and childhood adversity in inmates.

A team of researchers at Sam Houston State University are studying the effects of genes and environmental adversity on criminal behavior among inmates incarcerated in a correctional facility located in a large city in the Southern United States.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Sept 25, 2012
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science is a special interest group at SHSU, consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science. The society participates in various volunteer and fundraising activities throughout the year.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be Cindy Grant and "Brennan" from the Search Dog Network. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Phi Alpha Delta General Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Sept 24, 2012
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 319

Dr. Vaughn Examines War on Terrorism and 4th Amendment

Student with liberty shirt is shown in Dr. Vaughn seminar.
Dr. Mike Vaughn discussed the 4th Amendment and the War on Terrorism during his presentation on the U.S. Constitution.

The Wars on Terrorism, Crime and Drugs have taken a toll on the 4th Amendment of the U.S Constitution, Dr. Michael Vaughn told students gathered for Constitution Day, a two-day series of lectures examining the founding document for the nation.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Robert Agnew

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Fri, Sep 21, 2012
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The College of Criminal Justice will host Dr. Robert Agnew, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology at Emory University and President-Elect of the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Agnew is known internationally for his development of General Strain Theory, one of the leading explanations of crime and delinquency. He will present "Economic Troubles and Crime: Making Sense of a Complex Relationship."

Ph.D. Student Balances Experience/Academics at U.S. Secret Service

Ph.D. Intern Andrea Weiss poses with President George Bush, local police and other interns during a recent visit to Huntsville.
U.S. Secret Service Intern Andrea Weiss witnessed presidential protection firsthand during a recent visit by former President George W. Bush to Huntsville.

Ph.D. Student Andrea Weiss wants to merge academia and a federal law enforcement job during her lifelong career. So this summer, Weiss took an internship with the U.S. Secret Service in Houston.

Celebrate the Constitution with Dr. Michael Vaughn

Picture of an American Flag. U.S. Constitution and old-fashioned pen

Tue Sep 18, 2012
12:30 pm
Academic Building IV, Olsen Auditorium, Room 220

Michael Vaughn, criminal justice professor, will present “Something to Celebrate: Fourth Amendment Liberties” as part of Sam Houston State University's two day celebration of the U.S. Constitution.

“While President Bush received criticism for the Patriot Act that allowed increased law enforcement involvement with less judicial oversight, President Obama has continued the War on Terror with as much vigor,” Vaughn said. “As the War on Terror has increased, some have suggested that the Fourth Amendment has been degraded by aggressive law enforcement practices, including fewer privacy rights for Americans' persons, houses, papers and effects.

His presentation will track the evolution of the Fourth Amendment and how it has been impacted by the War on Terror.

LEMIT Unites with Poland to Remember 9/11

A delegation from LEMIT poses with high-ranking Polish officials during the Homo Homini ceremony memorializing 9/11 in Poland.
A delegation from LEMIT poses with high-ranking Polish officials during the Homo Homini ceremony memorializing 9/11 in Poland.

For the third year in a row, representatives from the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) participated in a ceremony in the city of Kielce, at Homo Homini, the Polish memorial to 9/11, which has come to symbolize the fight against terrorism around the world.

Inspecting the U.S. Mail for Illegal Contraband

U.S. Postal Inspector Carl King practiced shooting a weapon at the firing range.
Alumnus Carl King is a U.S. Postal Inspector, which enforces over 300 federal laws involving the U.S. Mail, the postal system or its employees.

With 65 percent of narcotics being transported through the mail, express services or private mail carriers, Carl King decided the best way to fight drugs was at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Phi Alpha Delta Welcomes New Members

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Sept 17, 2012
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 319

CJ Instructor Leads Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Michael Griffiths (MS '74), an instructor for the College of Criminal Justice and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, was named Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Michael Griffiths (MS '74), an instructor for the College of Criminal Justice and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, was named Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Michael Griffiths, a Sam Houston State Alumnus and online instructor at the College of Criminal Justice, has spent five decades serving youthful offenders across the state and was recently appointed the new executive director of the state agency that oversees juvenile services.

Graduate Student Organization

Graduate Student Organization logo

Thu, Sept 13, 2012
11 A.M.
Criminal Justice Center, Flag Room

Faculty, Staff Honored for Years of Service to SHSU

Dr. Jerry Dowling
Dr. Jerry Dowling

Two faculty and two staff from the College of Criminal Justice were among those honored for their many years of service to Sam Houston State University during an annual meeting of employees.

Dr. Larry Hoover
Dr. Larry Hoover
Dr. Jerry Dowling and Dr. Larry Hoover have been with the College for 40 and 35 year respectively. Also receiving accolades for their longevity were Jamie Tillerson, a project coordinator for the Police Research Center, with 30 years, and Doris Powell, graduate advising coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice, with 20 years.

National Association of Black in Criminal Justice Meeting

National Association of Black in Criminal Justice logo

Wed, Sept 12, 2012
5:00 P.M.
Lowman Student Center, Room 319

Society of Forensic Science

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Sept 11, 2012
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science is a special interest group at SHSU, consisting of individuals who are interested in working together to expand and share their knowledge of Forensic Science. The society participates in various volunteer and fundraising activities throughout the year.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be James McNutt, a fingerprint analyst for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

CJ Family Weekend Open House



Crime Victim Services Alliance Information Meetings

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Wed, Thu Sept 5, 6, 2012
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 308

The Crime Victim Services Alliance is open to all students who are interested in preserving and enhancing victims’ rights. In the past, the organization has provided guest speakers and site visits in the field as well as raising funds and awareness on victim issues.

Graduate Student Organization Added in CJ

logo for Graduate Student Organization.

The College of Criminal Justice launched its seventh student organization this fall to help unite Criminal Justice & Criminology graduate students and allow for improved peer mentoring, linking students to research or other opportunities including professional networking and social events.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Informational Meetings

Lambda Alpha Epsilon

Tue-Fri, Mon, Sept. 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 2012
5 P.M. or 8 P.M.
CJava Cafe

CMIT Tackles Gangs in Texas


Jason Sole began selling drugs on the streets of Chicago at the age of 14 and later became one of the leaders of a notorious street gang. The son of a cocaine addict, this three-time felon spent two years in prison and a year on work release.

Sole turned his life around through education. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Criminal Justice and is pursuing his Ph.D. His mission is to help children learn from their mistakes and to help ex-offenders keep their eyes on the prize. Sole is an instructor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities; provides training and case development for ex-offenders through the AMICUS organization; mentors and trains juveniles and adult through 180 Degrees, Inc. and the Council for Boys & Young Men; and volunteers with sex offenders in the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Sole was the one of the keynote speakers at the Gangs Conference, an annual event hosted by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas for corrections personnel, law enforcement officers, probation officers, investigators, school administrators and security personnel.

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