Papua New Guinea Studies American Justice System

A delegation from Papua New Guinea turned to Sam Houston State University for lessons on the U.S. criminal justice system.
A delegation from Papua New Guinea turned to Sam Houston State University for lessons on the U.S. criminal justice system.

The College of Criminal Justice recently hosted a delegation from Papua New Guinea on a mission to learn more about the American criminal justice system.

Seven top officials from the southwest Pacific Rim country, including representatives from the Prime Minister’s Department, the Attorney General’s Office, police, and corrections, visited the Criminal Justice Center and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from July 28 – Aug. 1. Representatives got lessons in law enforcement, correctional and court systems in the United State.

Dr. Phillip Lyons provides an overview of capital punishment laws.
Dr. Phillip Lyons provides an overview of capital punishment laws.
Presentations were made to the delegation by Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice; Dr. Phillip Lyons, Director of the Division of Professional Justice Studies at SHSU; and Dr. David Webb, Assistant Executive Director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. In addition, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided information on and tours of their facilities.

Among the officials that attended the session were Deputy Chief Secretary Trevor Maeuri and Principal Advisor Theresa Siaguru of the Prime Minister’s Department; Dr. Eric Kwo, Secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission; Deputy Secretary Jack Kariko of the Department of Justice and Attorney General; Deputy Commissioner Awan Sete of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary; and Deputy Commissioner Michael Waipo and Assistant Commissioner Phil Eka of the Department of Correctional Services.

Papua New Guinea, located north of Australia, has a population of about 6.3 million people.

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