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).

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.

Roth’s Book Published in Croatian and Turkish

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

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. 3 or 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

Guest Editor

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.

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.

Security Studies’ Professor Witnesses Storm’s Devastation Firsthand

Research into Practice

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Toxicology

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.

Inside Australia's First Body Farm

By Grace Tobin

We're used to covering a variety of stories at 60 MINUTES – from the wonderful to the weird. But visiting a place known as the Body Farm has got to be one the strangest assignments yet for reporter Peter Stefanovic, producer Grace Tobin and crew Mark Munro and Micky Breen. It’s a place where scientists are giving the dead a voice from the grave and it's helping solve some of the world’s grisliest murders.

SHSU Study Earns Top Award at Policing Journal

Eyewitness ID

A study examining eyewitness identification practices at the Houston Robbery Division won an award from Emerald Publishing.

A study conducted by Sam Houston State University researchers on eyewitness identification procedures used by the Robbery Division at the Houston Police Department received the 2017 Award of Excellence from Emerald Publishing.

Study Examines Disciplinary Segregation across State Prisons

Corrections

H. Daniel Butler examined the legal and extralegal factors used by prison officials to determine disciplinary segregation at state prisons.

Nearly one-third of offenders who violated institutional rules and regulations across state prisons received a sanction of disciplinary segregation, which prison officials based on legal and extralegal factors, according to a recent study.

Alumnus Elevated to Warden in Missouri Prison

Alumnus

Kelly Morriss is leading a minimum security prison in Missouri, helping prepare offenders for rentry to the community.

Alumnus Kelly Morriss is in the business of second chances.

Study Examines Neurotransmitters Linked to Aggression and Anti-Social Behavior

Research

David Gangitano and two students will spent the summer on a study examining the link between neurotransmitters and aggressive and antisocial behavior.

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is taking a new multidisciplinary approach to understanding behaviors that contribute to criminal activity and mental health problems.

Intern Follows Calling to Aid Youth in Juvenile Justice

Yahaira Alcantara

Internship

Yahaira Alcantara followed in the footsteps of juvenile probation officers in Harris County to aid youth in the criminal justice system.

Yahaira “Gabby” Alcantara witnessed juvenile probation in action in Harris County during her internship this spring.

Hayes and Orrick Presented National Teaching Awards

Brittany Hayes

Top Teachers

Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick were recognized as among the top new teachers in the field by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and SAGE.

Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology earned teaching awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the largest professional organizations for academics in the field.

Exploring Careers in Courts

Alumna

Alumna Adriana Molina Morin oversees criminal appeals as deputy clerk for six judges on the 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi.

Alumna Adriana Molina Morin grew up in the courts, beginning as a volunteer for the local justice of the peace in high school.

College Hosts 2017 Spring Commencement

Commencement

The College hosted its own Commencement Ceremony in May, with about 450 bachelor, master and Ph.D. students walking across stage.

Due to the high number of graduates this spring, the College of Criminal Justice hosted its own Commencement Ceremony on May 12, with more than 450 students crossing the stage to receive bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees.

Sam Houston State Researchers Study DNA from Explosives

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Explosives

A study on new methods for identifying and recovering DNA from exploded bombs was published by faculty and students in the Department of Forensic Science.

Researchers at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) hope to unmask manufacturers of homemade explosives using new advancements in DNA technology.

CVI Begins Series on Sexual Assault on Campus

Campus Sexual Assault

The Crime Victims’ Institute initiated a series on campus sexual assault to explore high risk populations, bystander intervention, criminal justice responses and best practices.

The Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University launched a new series of reports on sexual assault on college campuses, which will investigate high risk populations, bystander intervention, criminal justice responses, and best practices.

Oliver's Exhibit Honors Father of American Policing

Willard Oliver

Exhibit

Willard Oliver collaborated with the Berkeley Historical Society on an exhibit honoring August Vollmer, Father of American Policing.

The badge and gun used by August Vollmer at the turn of the 20th Century were returned home to Berkeley, CA and were unveiled to the public during an exhibit honoring “the Father of American Policing.”

Low Heart Rate Linked to Stalking Behaviors in Men

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Research

New biosocial research from the College discovered a link between low resting heart rate and stalking behaviors in men.

A low resting heart rate, which has been linked to aggression and violent offending, has been implicated in stalking behavior in males, according to a recent study.

College Shines with University-Based Awards

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Awards

Students and faculty from the College of Criminal Justice earned prestigious awards at Sam Houston State University.

Faculty and students from the College of Criminal Justice were recognized with special awards at the close of the Spring semester.

College Names New Undergraduate Program Coordinator in CJ Advising Center

Arica Castleberry

Advising

Arica Castleberry was appointed the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Advising Center.

As a criminal justice major at Sam Houston State University, Arica Castleberry wanted a career where she could help people reach their full potential. She discovered her calling back where she started – as the new Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice Advising Center.

Ph.D. Student Named National Emerging Forensic Scientist

Emerging Scientist

Ph.D. Student Lindsay Glicksberg was named an Emerging Forensic Scientist by the Forensic Science Foundation for her research on bath salts.

Ph.D. Student Lindsay Glicksberg received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award by the Forensic Science Foundation for her research on the stability of “bath salts” in biological evidence.

Texas Sheriffs Learn Best Practices in Jail Administration & Management


New sheriffs from across Texas received a primer on best practices for managing their jails at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT).

College of Criminal Justice Seeks CJ Ambassadors

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Ambassadors

The College is looking for three undergraduate students to serve as ambassadors at CJ events and to mentor students. Apply by May 31!

The College of Criminal Justice is seeking an elite group of enthusiastic and involved students to serve as ambassadors at various events and to mentor new and prospective criminal justice students.

Homeland Security Studies Moving Graduate Program to The Woodlands Center

The Woodlands Center

Security Studies

The master's program in Homeland Security Studies is moving to The Woodlands Center in the fall for new graduate students.

The master’s program in Homeland Security Studies will be moving to The Woodlands Center in the fall to accommodate better students and professionals in businesses and government agencies in the greater Houston region.

Alumnus Tackles Race Relations as Presidential Scholar

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Alumnus

Webster Chief Danny Presley was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar for his project to enhance dialogue between police and the communities they serve.

Webster Police Chief Danny Presley wants to jump-start the dialogue between police and minority communities across the country, and he has U.S. Presidents, cabinet members, and business leaders to help him on his way.

NIJ Recognizes CRIMES as Exemplary CJ Technology

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CRIMES Award

CRIMES, a record management system developed by the Police Research Center at SHSU, was named a Justice Innovation Center for use by police and probation departments.

A comprehensive records management system developed for law enforcement agencies by the Police Research Center (PRC) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) was designated a Justice Innovation Center by the National Institute of Justice.

College Celebrates Past, Present and Future at Honors Day

The Sundial

Honors Day

The College of Criminal Justice will honor students, alumni and friends and memorialize those lost in the line of duty at Honors Day on April 20.

Each spring, the College of Criminal Justice sets aside a day of celebration to honor students, alumni, and friends and to memorialize professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

College Mourns Co-Founder of Security Studies Program

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In Memoriam

Steve Young, one of the founders of the Security Studies program, left behind a legacy in his career and teaching.

Steve Young, one of the founders of the Security Studies program at Sam Houston State University, passed away on March 9 in Corpus Christi with his wife and family by his side.

The College of Criminal Justice will honor Young in conjunction with its Sword and Shield Induction Ceremony on April 27 at 5:30pm in the CJ Courtroom. The Sword and Shield is the honor society for those pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.

Swortwood Developing Lab Test for Synthetic Opioids

Madeleine Swortwood

Synthetic Opioids

Madeleine Swortwood is developing a test to identify and quantify synthetic opioids in saliva for toxicology labs.

With the nation in the midst of an opioid pandemic and more synthetic drugs flooding the market, an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science is researching a new method to detect these synthetic substances in death and criminal investigations.

Beto Chair Lecture: Edward R. Maguire

Beto Lecture

Edward R. Maguire from Arizona State University will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” on April 13.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Edward R. Maguire
April 13, 2017

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

Edward R. Maguire, a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series.

Protecting the Traveling Public

Justin Bradley

Alumnus

Justin Bradley is a K-9 officer for the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the third busiest hub in the country.

Justin Bradley and his K9 partner Dzsan are responsible for protecting 64 million people a year in a 30-square mile area the size of Manhattan that spans two counties and four cities.

CJ Graduate Enlisted in Fight Against Zika

Christopher Springer

Alumnus

Sgt. Christopher Springer of the U.S. Army helped develop a vaccine for Zika in his first job at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

After enlisting in the U.S. Army following graduation, Alumnus Christopher Springer’s first job in the military was to help develop a vaccine against Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to microcephaly and other brain malformation in fetuses and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults.

Study* Investigates Civil Legal Needs of Crime Victims

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Legal Services

A study by Leana Bouffard and colleagues investigated the legal service needs of crime victims.

Only two-thirds of victim service providers are trained to identify the civil legal needs of their clients, and there is little consistency or structure in referrals to outside agencies, researchers found.

SHSU Groups Join For Sexual Assault Awareness Events

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Many departments across campus are coming together in April to raise awareness about campus sexual assault.

by Amanda Horn

Sam Houston State University departments across campus are coming together to raise awareness of various issues in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April.

SHSU's SAAM Committee has coordinated a number of events throughout the month to shed light on sexual assault in a variety of ways.

“These events have a bigger impact than people think that they do,” said Georgi McNease, chair of the SAAM Committee. “I think what our committee does during this month is very important.”

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Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force

Real Talk

On March 22, Real Talk will feature the Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, which investigates MS-13 gang activities such as homicide, extortion and racketeering.

Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

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