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.

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