Crime and Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mon, Nov 24, 2014
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

One of the leading young scholars in crime and justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will offer a special presentation on recent developments and issues in his country at the College of Criminal Justice.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Nov 20, 2015
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Three Hispanic students give thumbs up.The College of Criminal Justice is debuting the first student chapter of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice (NOHCJ) in the country.

Liberty & Security Lecture Series: Dr. Scott Radnitz, "Conspiracy Theories"

Statue of Liberty on a patriotic background

Thu, Nov 20, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
LEMIT, Room 202

Dr. Scott Radnitz
Dr. Scott Radnitz
Dr. Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, will discuss “’Birthers, Truthers, and Soros's Jackals:’ American and Post-Soviet Conspiracy Theories.”

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Military Police Advance Their Careers at SHSU

Brigadier General Daniel Doherty
Brigadier General Daniel Doherty

Following the Vietnam War, when college campuses were hotbeds of protest and unrest, Sam Houston State University opened its doors to military police for an intensive master’s program to guide their future careers.

“During the Vietnam Conflict, those in the military who wanted to go to graduate school were not welcome on college campuses,” said Larry Raab, one of the graduates of the master’s program in Criminal Justice. “Most campuses were protesting the war and most didn’t want military on campus. Three universities welcomed us with open arms, and Sam Houston State University (SHSU) specialized in the correctional aspects of policing. Dr. (George) Killinger, Dr. (George) Beto and the entire faculty welcomed us with open arms and made us feel welcome.”

Alumni Updates

Dr. Peter Kraska
Dr. Peter Kraska
Here is the latest news from graduates of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice!

Dr. Peter Kraska (Ph.D. '89), Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Justice Studies in Eastern Kentucky University, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on “The Oversight of Federal Programs for the Acquisition of Military-Grade Equipment by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.” Dr. Kraska has participated in extensive and long-running research on the militarization of civilian police in the U.S.

Dr. Victor Kappeler
Dr. Victor Kappeler
Dr. Victor Kappeler (Ph.D. ’88), Foundation Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Justice Studies in EKU’s College of Justice and Safety, was invited to the White House to participate in a “policy review listening session” and to discuss federal programs and policies related to equipping state and local law enforcement agencies.

Real Talk w/CJ: Karen Martin, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Texas Attorney General’s Office


Tue, Nov 18, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

A concerned older woman listens on the phone.As Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Karen Martin’s job is to aid victims in criminal cases, focusing mainly on surviving family members in capital murder cases. Occasionally, that means accompanying the victim’s family to the execution.

SHSU Eyewitness ID Study Earns Gold for Houston Police Department


The Houston Police Department took home the Gold Award in Research from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for an experiment conducted in collaboration with Sam Houston State University on eyewitness identification procedures.

CMIT Focuses on Mental Health Issues in Criminal Justice


More than 300 people attended the inaugural Mental Health Conference offered by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), where counties and professionals presented and discussed best practices in serving the mental health needs of offenders in the various components of our criminal justice system.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Meeting

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Wed, Nov 12, 2014
4:00pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 302

Voices Lecture Series: Charmin White, SANE Nurse

Voices Logo

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

For years, Charmin White helped guide victims of sexual assault through the medical and legal process as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson General and Quentin Mease Community hospitals in Houston.

Charmin White
Charmin White
Now, White shares her skills with nursing students at Sam Houston State University School of Nursing and is addressing problems like sexual violence. Using evidence-based models of practice, White will define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, discuss prevention strategies and offer several ways to attempt widespread adoption using awareness, education and training. The goal said White is “to stop sexual violence before it begins.” She will be discussing the role of SANE nurses and the Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) in communities as part of the Voices Lecture Series.

Carmella Jones Joins CMIT Team

Carmella Jones
Carmella Jones

Carmella Jones recently joined the staff at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), assisting with programs for jail administrators, the Texas Jail Association (TJA), Women in Criminal Justice, and a new mental health conference that was held Oct 27-30 in Conroe. The program was designed for correctional officers, jail staff, probation officers, parole officers, law enforcement, and judicial personnel to address mental health issues in the system. It focused on the assessments for mental health, first line responders, collaborative programs, effective services, veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, medication and reentry.

Crime Victims’ Institute Investigates Human Trafficking

Woman with tape over her mouth

Human sex trafficking is a serious problem both domestically and internationally and enhanced education is necessary to address the risk factors for entry into the sex trade, the physical and mental health consequences of victimization, and institutional responses to victims, according to a new series published by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University.

Tracing the Origins of Marijuana


Dr. Chi-Chung Jorn Yu is leading the study to trace the origins of marijuana samples.The Department of Forensic Science is testing a cost-effective analytical tool that can trace the geographic origins of marijuana samples for criminal investigations.

Criminal Justice -- Graduate Student Organization General Meeting

Graduate Student Organization logo

Tue, Nov 11, 2014
3:30 P.M.
Texas Room, Criminal Justice Center

Graduate students at the College of Criminal Justice are invited to a Thanksgiving and end-of-semester celebration and discussion.

Recent Publications -- Winter 2014

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

Officer Champions Environmental Enforcement


Stephen Dicker of the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Division spends his days chasing down polluters who mar the land, water and air throughout the region.

"What's Your Story?": Public & Governmental Services Panel


Wed, Nov 5, 2014
Business and Community Relations Panel
2:00pm - 3:20pm
LSC Room 315

Public & Governmental Services Panel
3:00pm - 4:20pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Thu, Nov 6, 2014
Education & Social Services Panel
11:00am - 12:20pm
Garrett Teacher Education Center, Room 279

STEM & Health Sciences Panel
2:00pm - 3:20pm
LSC Room 315

November is National Career Development Month and What's Your Story is designed to help you make confident decisions about your major and the career you want to pursue.

Join Career Services as we sit down with ordinary people and hear their extraordinary stories about how they found the profession they love and the lessons they learned along the way.

Graduate Admissions Open House

Pile of books with a graduation cap on top

Wed, Nov 5, 2014
8:30am - 3:30pm
Estill Building, Room 105

Enjoy free refreshments. Drop by anytime.

History of the Walls Unit


Wed, Nov 5, 2014
3:00pm
Gresham Library, Thomason Room (Fourth Floor)

The Newton Gresham Library will hold a special presentation on the history of the Walls Unit, which houses the execution chamber for death penalty cases in the state of Texas.

The presentation will feature Jim Willett, former Warden of the Huntsville Unit (Walls Unit) and author of Warden: Texas Prison Life and Death from the Inside Out. He currently serves as Director of the Prison Museum in Huntsville.

Following the lecture, there will be a presentation featuring items from SHSU Special Collections. The Thomason Room includes collections about the history of criminal justice in Texas.

Space is limited to the first 40 attendees. To RSVP or for more information, call (936) 294-1619.

STAFS Collaborates on Decomposition Standards

A skull with a butterfly on top.

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) will collaborate with two other research centers across the country to develop a standard quantitative method describing the human decomposition process.

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