Intern Takes a Bite Out of Crime at Houston's K-9 Unit

Intern Andrea Marmorato with Gunner.
Intern Andrea Marmorato with Gunner.

After graduating from the Houston Police Department Citizen Academy, Andrea Marmorato set her sights on an internship with the department’s K-9 Unit Program.

Intern Enters Career Serving At-Risk Youth

Anthony Graves turned his Death Row experience into a program for at risk youth.
Anthony Graves turned his Death Row experience into a program for at risk youth.

After spending 18-1/2 years on Death Row for a crime he didn’t commit, Anthony Graves was exonerated and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to preventing the next generation from winding up in the criminal justice system.

Retirement Reception for Kristi Kreier

Kristi Kreier.

Tue, Aug. 26
3:00 - 5:00pm
CJ Lobby

You are invited to attend a retirement reception honoring Kristi Kreier, Director of Support Services for the College of Criminal Justice, on her 41 years of dedication and service. Please join us in celebrating Kristi’s many contributions and retirement.

Criminal Justice -- Graduate Student Organization BBQ

Graduate Student Organization logo

Sat, Aug 23, 2014
4:00 P.M.
The Connection Apartment Club House & Pool
2537 Pine Shadows Drive
Huntsville, TX

Graduate students at the College of Criminal Justice are invited to a BBQ for food, fun and friends Hotdogs and hamburger will be provided. Faculty/doctoral students are requested to bring side dishes; Master's student can bring desserts; and everyone can bring beverages of your choice.

Changing of the Guard at the College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Dr. Vincent Webb

After serving as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Center for eight years, Dr. Vincent J. Webb is stepping down to become a full-time faculty member. Dr. Phillip Lyons, a longtime professor at the College, will serve as Interim Dean during a nationwide search for a successor.

College Celebrates Summer 2014 Commencement

Graduates holding up their mortarboards.

The College of Criminal Justice added five new Ph.D. graduates, awarded more than 40 Masters’ degrees in Criminal Justice, Security Studies, and Criminal Justice Leadership and Management and bestowed diplomas to about 135 criminal justice undergraduate students during the summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 2.

SHSU Adds Faculty in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security

Front of SHSU College of Criminal Justice.

The College of Criminal Justice will welcome five new faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Department of Security Studies this fall.

Agencies Share Latest Gang Intelligence

ICE Agent participate in a gang roundup.

Officers from corrections, parole, probation and law enforcement gathered at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at Sam Houston State University in July to get the latest information on violent gangs and other extremist groups operating in rural regions of Texas.

Alumnus Advises on Emerging Technologies

Charles Andrews
Charles Andrews

Alumnus Charles Andrews was appointed to the advisory board of Secure Strategy Group, a New York based banking and advisory firm that backs emerging growth companies in the security, IT and communications sectors.

Dr. Roth Tells Tales of Wild West Gunslinger

John Wesley Hardin
John Wesley Hardin

Dr. Mitchel Roth is taking on a legend in the Wild West in “Gunslingers,” an American Heroes Channel series that tells the tales of the villains and heroes of a bygone era.

Dr. Bill Wells Featured on NIJ Video

Dr. Bill Wells featured on sexual assault kits video.
Dr. Bill Wells discussed sexaul assault kit research on NIJ video.

Dr. Bill Wells of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University was recently featured in a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) video series on lessons learned from research into the nationwide problem of untested sexual assaults kits in police evidence rooms.

A New Pathway to Federal Careers

The word career surrounded by many different colored doors.

Students and recent graduates looking for a new route into federal careers may find their dream job through the Pathways program.

New Homeland Security Studies Program Debuts

Officer stands watch over city buildings.

By Trey Cawley

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the new field of Homeland Security, which now includes the public and private sectors and addresses all threats against the United States, emerged and began to interact with criminal justice.

Recent Publications

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

Tracking the State of Stalking in Texas

Word stalking over Texas outline.

According to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.4 million women in Texas experience stalking during their lifetimes. Despite recent laws adopted in the state to protect stalking victims, little information is available about the crime or policies and procedures to aid the criminal justice system, according to a report from the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI).

Getting Hands-On Experience at the Houston Forensic Science Center

Intern Samantha Martinez looks for fingerprints on a temporary license plate.
Intern Samantha Martinez looks for fingerprints on a temporary license plate.

At the Houston Forensic Science Center, Intern Samantha Martinez worked under the direct supervision and guidance from Certified Latent Print Examiner Brian O’Hare on the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), leading to “hits,” helping police get one step closer to solving crimes.

Alumnus Expands Communication Skills for Law Enforcement

Shenandoah Assistant Chief Bryan Carlisle assisted with the transportation of the space shuttle in Galveston.
Shenandoah Assistant Chief Bryan Carlisle assisted with the transportation of the space shuttle in Galveston.

At the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), Shenandoah Assistant Police Chief Bryan Carlisle personifies the professional face of media relations, especially in times of disaster like a hurricanes or toxic spills.

Fingerprint Expert Specializes in Drug Crimes

Alumnus Joel Stephenson is a Supervisory Fingerprint Specialist for the DEA.
Alumnus Joel Stephenson is a Supervisory Fingerprint Specialist for the DEA.

After a teenaged girl was kidnapped from her Arlington apartment, police tracked the case to a hotel, where the victim and suspect were linked by a single latent print. In the center of the victim’s handprint on a bathroom wall was the fingerprint of the suspect.

The girl was later found dead in a shallow grave in an Arkansas nature preserve, buried alive after enduring three days of gang rape and beatings over a botched drug deal with the victim’s two brothers. It was the latent print that helped solve the case and led to a death penalty conviction for the suspect.

Scanning Careers in Retail Stores

Intern Stephen Ertle watches security cameras in J.C. Penney's.
Intern Stephen Ertle watches security camersa in J.C. Penney's.

As a Loss Prevention Intern with J.C. Penney’s, Stephen Ertle assisted in identifying and apprehending five shoplifters in one week trying to make off with $800 in merchandise from the Willowbrook Mall store.

College Introduces Undergraduate Security Studies Courses

Photo of a female zombie holding lit sticks of dynamite.

Want to protect the world from Zombies or other security threats?

The College of Criminal Justice is introducing two undergraduate courses in Homeland Security Studies this fall: “Contemporary Issues Security Studies” and “Zombies and Homeland Security.” These primers in the growing field of security studies are designed to introduce students to security threats, such as terrorist attacks, pandemics, climate change, and natural disasters, as well as the public and private agencies that prevent and respond to the issues.

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