Studies Explore Sexual Orientation and Intimate Partner Violence

A lesbian couple, with one in the foreground and a second in the background.

Two studies at Sam Houston State University examined issues of sexual orientation and intimate partner violence, including its impact on substance abuse and physical and mental health as well as the effects of child abuse on its victims.

CMIT Hosts National Parole Board Training

Representatives from paroling authorities across the nation participated in a training at CMIT.
Representatives from paroling authorities across the nation participated in a training at CMIT.

Parole board members from across the country gathered at Sam Houston State University to learn more about offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

Graduate Student Organization logo

Wed, Feb 26, 2014
3:30 P.M.
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Meeting

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Wed Feb 26, 2014
4:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 309

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Meeting

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014
Members: 8:00pm
Recruits: 9:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 320

The American Criminal Justice Association is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

The Woodlands Center Speakers Series: Human Trafficking

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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Woodlands Center Auditorium
3380 College Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX

Featuring


Ruben Perez, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief - Human Trafficking/ Civil Rights Unit, Deputy Coordinator -Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, Southern District of Texas, will be speaking on the topic of Human Trafficking. Mr. Perez was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in 1992. In 1999 he was given the responsibility for the investigation and prosecution of federal civil rights violations, including bias-motivated hate crimes, human trafficking, and law enforcement misconduct.

Crime Victim Services Alliance Meeting

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 320

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Meeting

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014
Members: 8:00pm
Recruits: 9:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 320

The American Criminal Justice Association is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center Room 302

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center Room 302

Getting Alien Offenders Off the Streets

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents in the field.

Three criminal justice majors were on the frontline of defense against dangerous aliens in the U.S. this fall during internships with the Houston Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office.

Study Receives Federal Grant to Explore Recidivism Rates for Stalking

Woman Peaking Past Blinds

Dr. Matt Nobles of the College of Criminal Justice received a National Institute of Justice grant to study recidivism in stalking offenses and how it relates to similar crimes.

SHSU Investigates Stability of Bath Salts in Biological Evidence

Dr. Sarah Kerrigan works with a colleague in the lab.
Dr. Sarah Kerrigan works with a colleague in the lab.

With designer drug use on the rise, crime labs and medical examiner's offices are often asked to perform toxicological tests on biological evidence in criminal and death investigations. However, many of these new designer drugs have unique properties that still need to be investigated.

The Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University is conducting research to investigate the stability of several of these new synthetic substances, which will help practitioners interpret toxicological findings in forensic casework.

ZPC Cadets Hit the Street in Houston, Alvin

Cadets from Zhejiang Police College meet officers from the Houston Police Department.
Cadets from Zhejiang Police College meet officers from the Houston Police Department.

Police cadets from Zhejiang Police College (ZPC) in China got a firsthand look at American policing in Houston and Alvin during the winter break.

CJ Ambassadors Represent College’s Best

The CJ Ambassadors include (l to r) Gloria Sanchez, Lindsay Ashworth, Kevin Madden, Erin-Audrey Allen and Rogelio Espinoza.
The CJ Ambassadors include (l to r) Gloria Sanchez, Lindsay Ashworth, Kevin Madden, Erin-Audrey Allen and Rogelio Espinoza.

Meet the new CJ Ambassadors, a group of upper classmen and women who will represent the College of Criminal Justice at programs and events and mentor current and future students.

Study Leads to Sexual Assault Information Line

The Houston Police Department launched an information line for sexual assault victims, the latest in a series of reforms in the investigation of sexual assault cases adopted in the wake of a multi-disciplinary research project involving Sam Houston State University.

Study Examines Correctional Officer Stress

Illustration of hands, with one holding the word stress and the other holding the word work.

Conflicts between work and family life were the most significant issues that affect work stress and job satisfaction among correctional officers, a new study by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University found.

Voices Lecture Series: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: A Powerful Resource

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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
2:00 - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Shannon Posern (l) gives a sticker to a young girl as part of the Take 25 program.
Shannon Posern (l) is a program manager at NCMEC
Shannon Posern works with law enforcement, schools, students, parents and community agencies – and many other partners -- to protect youth in Texas from child abduction, child pornography, sex trafficking and Internet bullying.

Graduate Student Organization Brown Bag

Brown page lunch with yellow sticker that says Learn.

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
3:30pm
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Brown Bag Presentation with Dr. Danielle Boisvert

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Meeting

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Wed Feb 12, 2014
4:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 307

Voices Lecture Series: Shannon Posern, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Voices Logo

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
2:00 - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Crime Victim Services Alliance Meeting

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 320


Spring 2014 Recent Publications

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

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Meeting

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
Members: 8:00pm
Recruits: 9:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 320

The American Criminal Justice Association is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

Real Talk w/CJ: Thomas A. McCormick, Insurance Fraud Section Chief

Real Talk with CJ

Mon Feb 10, 2014
2 - 3 P.M.
CJ Courtroom

Thomas A. McCormick has fought crime and injustice as a Justice Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana.

Thomas McCormick, Louisiana Assistant Attorney General
Thomas McCormick, Louisiana Assistant Attorney General.
McCormick is the Insurance Fraud Section Chief for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, part of a multi-agency task force that investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of insurance fraud cases in the state, including theft, arson, fictitious policies, health care fraud, home and auto repair fraud, phony slip and falls, phony auto theft, premium avoidance, staged auto accidents, money laundering, workers’ compensation fraud, unemployment fraud, forged insurance cards, public bribery, and filing false public records.

Walmart Has Lower Rollbacks for Crime


Dr. David Pyrooz

Dozens of studies have examined “The Walmart effect,” including the company’s influence on economic and social factors, including jobs, poverty and retail prices.

But a new study from professors at Sam Houston State University and the University of South Carolina investigates another component of the effect that has never been examined—Walmart's effect on crime rates.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Mon, Feb 10, 2014
5:00 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The guest speaker will be Michael Winborn, a retired police officer with 30 years in law enforcement specializing in accident reconstruction. Pizza & drinks will be served

An Interactive Guide to Homeland Security

Dr. Willard Oliver
Dr. Willard Oliver

On Jan. 25, 1993, a Pakistani national emerged from his car at a stoplight outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and began shooting at employees waiting in their vehicles for the light to change. Two CIA employees were killed; three more were injured.

Aimal Kasi’s action were driven by his personal hatred toward Americans being in the Middle East. Four years after the attack, the CIA and FBI tracked Kasi to Pakistan and arrested him. After a trial in the U.S., he was found guilty of murder and executed on Nov. 4, 2002.

Aimal Kasi
Aimal Kasi
This was the first attack that suggested that international terrorism was coming to U.S. soil. After September 11, 2001, the threat became all too real, and a new specialty was born in criminal justice: Homeland Security.

Intern Enhances Security in Central America

Intern Caleb Lenard poses with a submarine moving through the Panama Canal.
Intern Caleb Lenard poses with a submarine moving through the Panama Canal.

Graduate Student Caleb Lenard was part of the international effort to strengthen citizen security during his internship with the Department of State in Panama.

Graduate Student Organization Brown Bag

Brown page lunch with yellow sticker that says Learn.

Wed, Feb 5, 2014
3:30pm
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Brown Bag Presentation with Dr. Willard Oliver

Building Healthy Relationships with the Press

Kelli Arena stands outside the Communications Building at Sam Houston State University.
Kelli Arena, Executive Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy

Criminal justice professionals and the media both work to serve the public, but that relationship can often be strained. The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD) is collaborating with the College of Criminal Justice to help bridge that gap.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Meeting

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014
Members: 8:00pm
Recruits: 9:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 320

The American Criminal Justice Association is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Mon, Feb 3, 2014
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center Room 302

Crime Victim Services Alliance

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Mon, Feb 3, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Theater

The Crime Victim Services Alliance will host the screening of "Rape for Profit: The documentary about sex trafficking in a major US city." For more information, contact Lindsay Ashworth at lma010@shsu.edu.

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