CJ College #1 for Online Graduate Education

#1 Online CJ Graduate Education

U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Criminal Justice as the top in the country for Online CJ masters’ programs.

Sam Houston State University offers the best online criminal justice program for graduate education in the nation, according to the 2017 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).

Forensic Science Bridges East and West with DNA Presentations in South Korea

International Forensics

Faculty and doctoral students presented DNA research for missing person and cold cases in South Korea.


Two Ph.D. students and a faculty member recently traveled to an international conference in South Korea to present their research on new techniques and technology to improve the DNA identification process in missing person cases or mass disasters.
Two Ph.D. students and a faculty member recently traveled to an international conference in South Korea to present their research on new techniques and technology to improve the DNA identification process in missing person cases or mass disasters.

New Web App Helps Officers Respond to Environmental Crises

LEMIT

A new web app was developed by LEMIT to help keep officers safe when responding to environmental crises.

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) developed a web application for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to help keep law enforcement officers safe when responding to environmental crises in the field.

CJ College Graduates First Forensic Science Ph.D.

PhD in Forensic

Lindsay Glicksberg is the first to graduate with a Ph.D. degree in Forensic Science at SHSU – and across the country.

The College of Criminal Justice will graduate its first Ph.D. student in Forensic Science during the December 2017 Commencement ceremony.

New Technology Provides Better “INSITE” for Officers into Impaired Driving

Drunk Driving

Impaired Driving Initiatives will be testing a virtual reality program to train officers to conduct better roadside tests in drunk driving cases.

The Impaired Driving Initiatives (IDI) Program at Sam Houston State University received a $253,607 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to use new technology to enhance training for officers in administering field sobriety tests.

CMIT’s Hurst Handed Keys of Excellence

CMIT

Division Director Sharese Hurst was awarded the Keys of Excellence from SHSU for her work with Orange Keys.

Sharese Hurst, a division director for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), was presented the Keys of Excellence for her positive impact on the lives of Orange Keys ambassadors at Sam Houston State University.

New CMIT Research Director Focuses on Partnerships

CMIT

As the new Research Director for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, Erin Orrick wants to build partnerships with participating agencies.

As the new Research Director at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), Erin Orrick wants to serve as a resource for correctional agencies in Texas and across the country.

Zhang Tackles Misperceptions of Racial Bias in Policing

Racial bias

Yan Zhang presented a study on racial bias to an international crime analyst group on how data can be used to address key issues in policing.

Yan Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, was invited to an international conference of crime analysts to present her latest research on racial bias in policing.

Two Undergraduate CJ Students Earn Research Awards

Research Awards

Two undergraduate students earned top research awards from the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice.

Two criminal justice undergraduates recently captured top student honors at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) conference in Fort Worth.

International Ph.D. Grads Contribute to American Universities, Research

International

About half of the College’s international Ph.D. graduates stay in the U.S. to teach.

Over the last two decades, dozens of international students came to Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice to learn. Following graduation, almost half stayed in the U.S. to teach or conduct research.

Security Studies Faculty to Study Civilian Response During Hurricane Harvey

Two faculty members from the Department of Security Studies were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study civilian response during Hurricane Harvey.

LEMIT Launches Lone Star Leadership for Chiefs Nationwide

Leadership

LEMIT is offering its premiere professional development program for Texas Police Chiefs to law enforcement leaders across the country.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is launching a new program, Lone Star Leadership, to offer its outstanding professional development series for police chiefs and command staff to agencies across the country.

Hayes Named Researcher of Year by ASC Division of Victimology

Victimology

Brittany Hayes named Researcher of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology.

Assistant Professor Brittany Hayes of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was named the 2017 Faculty Researcher of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology.

Security Studies Offers Study Abroad Program to Poland

Study Abroad

The Department of Security Studies will host its first Study Abroad Program in Poland this summer.

The Department of Security Studies will offer its first Study Abroad program in Poland to explore state internal security, state-sponsored terror, and peacetime and wartime insurgency. The course is approved to count as a three hour honor contract.

CMIT to Develop NICER List of International Corrections Experts

CMIT

CMIT is developing the Network of International Corrections Experts Resource to assist the Department of State with project around the world.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) will serve as a resource center for the U. S. Department of State to identify correctional experts to assist with projects around the globe.

CMIT Hosts One-Stop Shop for Texas Specialty Courts

CMIT

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas and the Center for Court Innovation will host a resource center for specialty court in the state.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) is teaming up with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to support specialty courts in Texas by creating a one-stop shop for best practices, training resources, self- assessment tools, and ways to improve and expand operations.

What's Your Story?: Criminal Justice Panel

What's Your Story?

Learn about different career options from a panel of professionals, including a federal agent, airport police, victim advocate, and CSI.

What’s Your Story? Criminal Justice Panel Thu, Nov 16 2:00 – 3:20pm CJ Courtroom

Career Services at Sam Houston State University will present a panel of criminal justice professionals during “What’s Your Story?,” a week-long series designed to introduce students to careers available in different fields.

Building Professional Law Enforcement Agencies for Three Decades

LEMIT

The premiere professional training institute for law enforcement leaders is celebrating 30 years of service with a new book on its history.

Thirty years ago, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) was created by the state legislature to provide professional development opportunities to future law enforcement leaders in the Lone Star State.

Students/Faculty Receive Forensic Science Foundation Grants

Awards

Two doctoral students in Forensic Science and their faculty advisors received awards from the Forensic Science Foundation to advance their research.

Two Ph.D. students and their faculty advisors received grants from the Forensic Science Foundation (FSF) to pursue studies on a screening method to detect fentanyl analogs in blood samples and to develop a quicker and easier way to extract DNA from bone samples.

Swortwood To Investigate Prevalence of Synthetic Opioids

Synthetic Opioids

Madeleine Swortwood received a federal grant to develop a saliva test for opioids and investigate prevalence of drug among inmates and arrestees.

A research team at Sam Houston State University received a $311,000 National Institute of Justice grant to develop a new laboratory test for synthetic opioids and heroin using saliva and to investigate the prevalence of these drugs among prisoners and arrestees.

Recent Publications -- Fall 2017

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

Faculty/Staff Reach Major Milestones at SHSU

Faculty/Staff

The College of Criminal Justice is lucky to have dedicated faculty and staff, many of whom have been here up to 40 years!

President Dana Hoyt honored faculty and staff from the Criminal Justice Center for their longevity of service to Sam Houston State University during the Annual Meeting.

NOHCJ Hosts Mental Health Awareness Panel

Mental Health

The National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice is hosting a panel discussion on mental health issues facing police and the communities they serve.

Mental Health Awareness Panel Discussion
Thu, Nov 9, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Panel Discussion to raise awareness about mental health issues and how they affect criminal justice professionals and the communities they serve.

Beto Chair Lecture: Jose R. Almirall

Beto Lecture

Jose Almirall, a professor at Florida International University, will examine how to standardize forensic practice in the lab for the field.

Beto Chair Lecture: José R. Almirall, Ph.D.
November 10, 2017

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

José R. Almirall, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University (FIU), will present “Physical evidence examinations and comparisons from basic research to standardized forensic practice” as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series.

Roth’s Book Published in Croatian and Turkish

Crime & Punishment

Mitchel Roth’s book on the global history of crime and punishment has been published in Croatian and Turkish.

Mitchel Roth’s book on the history of crime and punishment is going global.

SHSU Receives Grants to Study Police Investigations of Child Abuse Cases

Child Abuse

Lisa Muftic received federal and state grants to study the number of child abuse cases reported directly to police.

To help strengthen the safety net for abused children in Texas, a researcher at Sam Houston State University will investigate the number of child abuse cases reported directly to police and not through the child abuse hotline that are referred to children’s advocacy centers.

Explore Careers in Victim Services on Nov. 1st


Career Fair

The College will host the Victim Studies Career Fair on Nov. 1 for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.

Victim Studies Career
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10am – 2pm
Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Security Studies Student Shines as CERT Volunteer


Stepping Up

Security Studies Student John Watkins II got to put his CERT training to the test during Hurricane Harvey.


Last semester, graduate student John Watkins II was certified as a Citizen Emergency Response Team Member (CERT) for Walker County as part of his Crisis Management class. He put his training to good use during Hurricane Harvey.

Help Raise Awareness about Violence Against Women In October

Domestic Violence

Help raise awareness about violence against women during a series of events in October.

The Clothesline Project
Oct. 11, 9am to 2pm (decorate)
Criminal Justice Center, Texas Room
Oct. 18, 9am to 2pm (Rain Date: Oct. 25)
Outside Criminal Justice Center (display)

Documentary and Panel Discussion
“Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America”
Oct 19, 6 – 8pm
Lowman Student Center Theater

Giving Back to the Community During Hurricane Harvey

Stepping Up

Forensic science students helped displaced residents and pets during Hurricane Harvey.

The Department of Forensic Science found ways to give back to their community by volunteering locally during Hurricane Harvey.

Security Studies’ Professor Witnesses Storm’s Devastation Firsthand

Stepping Up

Natalie D. Baker studied people’s reaction to disaster following Hurricane Katrina. In Hurricane Harvey, she lived it..

Natalie Baker, a new assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies, studied people’s reactions to disaster after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. During Hurricane Harvey, she experienced it firsthand.

Franklin Appointed “Voice for Victims” at the Crime Victims’ Institute

Crime Victims

Cortney Franklin will study victim issues and report to advocacy groups and the state legislature as head of the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Cortney Franklin was appointed Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University, a research center that studies the impact of crime on victims and society and makes policy recommendations to the Texas Legislature and advocacy groups.

Real Talk w/CJ: Det. Darcus Shorten, Houston Homicide Division

Real Talk w/CJ

Veteran Houston Homicide Det. Darcus Shorten will discuss her work in the division and provide tips on developing a career path to this specialty.

Real Talk w/CJ: Det. Darcus Shorten, Houston Homicide Division
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
2 – 3 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

As a veteran detective in the Houston Police Department Homicide Division, Darcus Shorten investigated many of the city’s murder cases, including the Acres Homes serial rapist and killer.

Beto Chair Lecture: Pamela Wilcox, University of Cincinnati

Beto Chair

Pamela Wilcox of the University of Cincinnati will discuss her research on the link between crime and communities.

Photo of Dr. LyonsBeto Chair Lecture: Pamela Wilcox
Professor
School of Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
Oct. 20, 2017
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Pamela Wilcox, a professor of Criminal Justice and a Fellow of the Graduate School in the School of Justice at the University of Cincinnati, will present her latest research on “Communities and Crime: An Enduring American Challenge” as part of the first Beto Chair Lecture of the fall.

Real Talk w/CJ: U.S. Border Patrol

Real Talk w/CJ

Learn about the U.S. Border Patrol, which intercepts criminals, drugs and other contraband coming across the border illegally.

Real Talk w/CJ: U.S. Border Patrol
Tuesday or Thursday, Oct. 5
2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

As a Border Patrol Agent, Alberto De Leon intercepted people, drugs and other contraband coming across the border illegally using mountain bikes, surveillance vehicles, off road vehicles, and “the art of tracking,” or as agents refer to as “sign-cutting.”

Muftić Leads Special Issue of Criminal Justice Review

Victimology

As guest editor of Criminal Justice Review, Lisa Muftic examined the victimization of specialized populations like prostitutes, foster care youth, LGBQT students and others.

Lisa MufticLisa Muftić, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, served as a guest editor of Criminal Justice Review for an issue on special victim groups.

The June issue focused on the victimization of specialized populations, including youth involved in prostitution, youth living in foster care, LGBTQ students in middle and high school, female college students, and victims of continuous child sexual abuse, and examined the delivery of services and the development of policy to address these groups.

Coming to the Rescue in Port Arthur

Stepping Up

Security Studies graduate student Adam Lee and his friend from Minnesota rescued seniors from nursing homes in Port Arthur during Hurricane Harvey.

When the media plea from the Coast Guard came for help from anyone with boats, Adam Lee from Wisconsin and Justin Bloyer from Minnesota headed to Port Arthur.

del Carmen Honors Dean Lyons with the Gift of Future Scholarships

Scholarships

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Rolando del Carmen donated $20,000 to the College for future scholarships in honor of Dean Phillip Lyons.

Rolando del Carmen, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and long-time benefactor of the College of Criminal Justice, will enhance future scholarships for students at the College through a $20,000 charitable gift annuity in honor of Dean Phillip Lyons.

Arlington Police Answer the Call for Hurricane Help

Stepping Up

Kudos to Alumnus Kyle Dishko and the Arlington Police Department who helped out in Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

For more than a week, a team of 19 officers from the Arlington Police Department called the racquetball courts at Sam Houston State University home.

FBI Internships and Collegiate Hiring

FBI Recruiting

Special Agent David C. Baker of the Houston Division will be here on Sept. 13th to discuss internships and collegiate hiring at the federal agency.

Special Presentation
FBI Internships and Collegiate Hiring
Wed, Sep 13, 2017
2pm – 3pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Special Agent David C. Baker of the FBI Houston Division will provide an information session on the bureau’s internships and collegiate hiring programs. Applications for the programs are open from Aug. 25 through October 15.

Effects of Supermax Confinement on Postrelease Recidivism and Employment

Corrections Research

A study led by H. Daniel Butler found confinement in supermax prisons have little effect on recidivism, employment and completion of post-release treatment programs.

Despite higher costs, confinement in supermax prisons appears to have a limited effect on postrelease recidivism, employment, or completion of community-based treatment programs, according to a published study.

Home-Brewed Poppy Seed Tea Can Be Lethal, Study Finds

Toxicology

A study by Madeleine Swortwood found that home-brewed poppy seed tea can contain lethal doses of morphine.

A home-brewing technique used to extract morphine from unwashed poppy seeds can produce lethal doses of the drug, according to research at Sam Houston State University.

CJ Welcome Week (Aug. 29-31)

Welcome Week

See what the College of Criminal Justice has to offer for Fall 2017 at CJ Welcome Week (Aug. 29-31).

Learn more about what the College of Criminal Justice has to offer at CJ Welcome Week Aug. 29-31)

Faculty Meet and Greet
When: August 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Student Organizations Fair
When: August 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Lobby

FBI Internships & Collegiate Hiring
When: August 31, 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Courtroom
(available live online at www.cjcenter.org/live)

Alumnus Travels the World Fighting Drugs

Alumnus

Timothy A. Jones of the Drug Enforcement Administration traveled the world to stop the spread of drugs.

Timothy A. Jones (’79) received a degree in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University (SHSU), but he did not wind up as a rancher or agriculture teacher as he expected. Instead, his career turned to law enforcement and tracking money, drugs, and crime across the world.

Dozier Presented 2017 ACE Award

ACE Award

Internship Coordinator Jim Dozier, a professor in Security Studies, was presented the John Payne ACE Award for his work in the community.

Internship Coordinator Jim Dozier, a professor in the Department of Security Studies, was presented the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award at Sam Houston State University for 2017.

New Faculty Announced for Fall

New Faculty

The College will add three new faculty members this fall, expanding its expertise in criminal justice and criminology and security studies.

Three new faculty members will join the College of Criminal Justice in the fall, adding to its expertise in biosocial criminology, corrections, and emergency preparedness.

CJ Alumnus Heads Arkansas State Flagship Campus

Alumnus

Kelly Damphousse is the first CJ alumnus to lead a college campus in his position as chancellor of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Alumnus Kelly R. Damphousse started his career wanting to be a Royal Canadian Mounted Officer or a goalie in the National Hockey League. Instead, he climbed to new heights as Chancellor of the flagship institution of the Arkansas State University System.

Intern Shadows Parole Officers in the Field

Internship

Kaitlin Ehrhart experienced the daily duties of a parole officer at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

This summer, Kaitlin Ehrhart shadowed parole officers as they visited with clients returning from prison to their communities in Grimes, Leon, Madison, Polk, Trinity, Walker and parts of Houston counties in Texas.

Study Helps Local Police Agencies Improve Investigations of Violent Crimes

Ballistics

A study by Dr. William King and colleagues led to changes in the way police process ballistic evidence in crime labs.

Results of a study of ballistics imaging by crime labs, first published in 2013, have already led to improvements in how labs and police agencies process and use information about violent gun crime.

Forensic Science Investigates New Sleep Aid of Toxicological Interest

Sleep Aids

The Department of Forensic Science developed a test to identify a new sleep aid in criminal and death investigations.

The Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University recently published research that could help identify a new legal sleep aid in criminal and death investigations.

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