Recent Publications -- Spring 2015

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

Crime Victims' Institute Surveys Texas Emergency Shelters


Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, medical advocacy, individual counseling and others, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Intern Finds Her Calling in Texas Legislature


O'Brien and Rep. Todd Hunter
O’Brien and Rep. Todd Hunter

As an undergraduate and graduate student at the College of Criminal Justice, Shelby O’Brien has spent a year as an intern with Texas Rep. Todd Hunter of House District 32, the coastal half of Nueces County and part of Port Aransas. She served constituents, set schedules and learned all she could about human trafficking and the Texas Legislature.

Dr. Jones Studied Drug Cartels in Mexico

As a doctoral student studying drug cartels in Mexico, Dr. Nathan Jones was given the nickname La Barbie after an American who became a Mexican drug lord and wound up as a snitch. The locals were convinced the young, clean cut student was a CIA or FBI agent.

LEMIT Hosts Polish National Police Delegation

May 1, 2015 – May 12, 2015 The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) welcomes a delegation of six Polish National Police executives to Huntsville as part of an annual international exchange program among LEMIT, Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and the Polish National Police. The delegation includes Director Robert Zolkiewski, Chief Adam Kolodziejski, Chief Sebastian Banaszak, Chief JarosÅ‚aw Rzymkowski, Chief Marek Swiszcz, and Chief Tomasz Trawinski.

Lyons Named Criminal Justice Dean, Director


Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert.

“As we embark on a new chapter in the college, I am confident that Dr. Lyons will work to ensure the continued success of the college and center and will develop a comprehensive strategy that incorporates the diverse strengths and aspirations of the faculty and staff,” he said.

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