Recent Publications

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

Sam Houston State to Study Specialty Courts

Nueces County offers a court specializing in cases involving veterans.
Nueces County offers a court specializing in cases involving veterans.

Sam Houston State University will evaluate the effectiveness of specialty courts in Nueces County, which were launched over the last two years to increase accountability and better coordinate treatment for specialized offenders, such as veterans and people with mental illness.

Developing the Finest for Thai Police at the NYPD

Ph.D. Student Yingyos Leechaianan completed an internship with the New York Police Department.

Ph.D. Student Yingyos Leechaianan completed an internship with the New York Police Department.

A Ph.D. student from Sam Houston State University got a rare view inside the New York Police Department as part of an internship program.

Alumnus Finds Grassroots in Policing

Lt. Troy Finner of the Houston Police Department shared his career experiences with SHSU students at a Grassroots presentation.
Lt. Troy Finner of the Houston Police Department shared his career experiences with SHSU students at a Grassroots presentation.

Troy Finner grew up in the hood in Houston and became the first college graduate in his family. After making it to the top of his class in the College of Criminal Justice, he didn’t pursue a highly coveted federal position, instead returning to his hometown to help the community.

CMIT Guides Sheriffs on Jail Operations

A sheriff badge in front of jail bars.

Newly elected Sheriffs throughout Texas were given a primer on how to effectively and efficiently operate county jails by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT).

Appeals Court Comes to SHSU Campus

The 10th District Court of Appeals heard cases at Sam Houston State University.
The 10th District Court of Appeals heard cases at Sam Houston State University.

For the second year in a row, the 10th District Court of Appeals brought real-life cases to the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom in the College of Criminal Justice to educate students about the criminal and civil justice process in Texas.

2013 Honors Day at the College of Criminal Justice

2012 Honors Convocation

The College of Criminal Justice will pay tribute to its best students and alumni as well as fallen heroes during its Honors Day celebration on April 25.

Promoting Crime Victims’ Rights at SHSU

Logo of National Crime Victims' Right Week, with man helping another up a globe.

The Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University will hold an Open House for Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

New Online Course Available in Forensic Science

Outline of a crime scene, with different types of evidence.

The Department of Forensic Science is pleased to announce additional course offerings. Beginning this summer, the popular course Introduction to Forensic Science will be offered online as well as on campus. New forensic courses also are being offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. These are expected to appeal to students in science, criminal justice and forensics.

College Revives Ambassador Program

Hands joined in a circle.

The College of Criminal Justice is seeking an elite group of enthusiastic and involved students to serve as ambassadors at various events and to mentor new and prospective criminal justice students.

Webinar Offered on Sexual Assault Victimization

Crossword puzzle highlighting the word webiner, with descriptive words of what can be learned.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Crime Victims’ Institute is hosting its first webinar at Sam Houston State University on April 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom on “Preventing Re-Victimization and Victim Blaming in the Criminal Justice System.”

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

Graduate Student Organization logo

Wed, Apr 17, 2013
3:00pm
Criminal Justice Center, Bates Room

Join the organization for graduate students at the College of Criminal Justice.

Using Forensics in Cold Cases

J. Warner Wallace stands next to a picture of himself as a SWAT officer.
J. Warner Wallace served in the patrol, gangs, narcotics, surveillance, SWAT and cold case units in Los Angeles County.

A Los Angeles County cold case detective shared insights with Sam Houston State University students on how to use forensics to solve criminal cases.

Alumnus Probation Director Specializes in Solutions

Help written in cocaine on a mirror.

In Nueces County, almost half of the probation officers are assigned to specialized caseloads, including domestic violence, veterans, reentry, mental health, drug diversion, and drunken driving.

Watching over Store Security in Texas

Aaron Metoyer can monitor security for 11 Marshalls and HomeGoods stores from a central location.
Aaron Metoyer can monitor security for 11 Marshalls and HomeGoods stores from a central location.

As a District Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies, Inc., Alumnus Aaron Metoyer said one of his biggest challenges is keeping up with organized crime in the retail industry, whether it is organized groups running out of stores with large quantities of high-end merchandise or schemes to return goods for cash using fictitious receipts.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Mini Conference

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Fri Apr 16, 2013
2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Criminal Justice Center

Come get educated from some of the best in the Criminal Justice field. For any questions, email Reginald Denson at rdd009@shsu.edu.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Joanne Belknap

Beto Chair Lecture Series

April 12, 2013
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. Joanne Belknap, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the author of The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice , will present "The Trauma, Mental Health, and Offending Histories of Women in Jail: Results of a Multi-Site U.S. Study."

SHSU Advances Improvements for Sexual Assault Investigations

The Houston Police Department is improving the process for handling sexual assault cases by providing specialized training for investigators and adding a justice advocate as the result of ongoing research being directed by a multidisciplinary team of stakeholders.

Real Talk w/CJ: DEA Agent Rodney Lott



Wed Apr 10, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Rodney Lott, a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will discuss his career and how to get a job in the federal agency.

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting

Alpha Phi Sigma logo

Wed, Apr 10, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

Come join Alpha Phi Sigma, the CJ National Honor Society, at its biweekly meeting.

LEMIT Takes National Lead on Environmental Enforcement

Men in hsz-mat suite work with barrels of toxic material.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is developing online training courses in environmental enforcement for state, local and tribal agencies across the country that are charged with enforcing environmental laws.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Apr 2, 2013
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Guest speaker: Dr. Sibyl Bucheli will discuss her work with Forensic Entomology. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Apr 1, 2013
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 304

Join Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International at their general meeting.

Muenster is a Rising Star in Legal Career

Kevin Muenster of Estes, Okon, Thorne & Carr
Kevin Muenster of Estes, Okon, Thorne & Carr

Kevin Muenster came to Sam Houston State University wanting to be an FBI agent and left hoping to be a prosecutor. Instead, after law school, he pursued a career in civil litigation and was recently named one of Texas’ top rising stars in his field.

Catching Insurance Fraud in the Act

Craig Dye graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in December 2011.
Craig Dye graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in December 2011.

In his first case as an insurance fraud investigator, Craig Dye was assigned to the auto insurance claim of a Kentucky man with debilitating back and neck pain. On the third day of surveillance, the man pulled lumber and materials out of his truck and began a building project in a client’s yard.

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