College of Criminal Justice Graduates Three Ph.D.s

Three Ph.D. students graduated from Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice in December.

College of Criminal Justice Commencement Reception

Sat, Dec 18, 2010, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
CJava Cafe

Attention all December 2010 Graduates!

Bring your friends and family for refreshments before commencement.

Online Masters Program

CJ Online

Check out our CJ Online website for more information.

Recent Publications by Faculty, Doctoral Student and Alumni

The latest research published by faculty at Sam Houston State University, as well as professional presentations delivered, was included in Faculty Research Notes.

Top 10 Lessons Offered for Jail Research

After surveying 2,414 inmates at 14 jails in Florida, Dr. Kate Fox has learned several important lessons about conducting research with incarcerated populations.

Dr. Oliver Targets Presidential Assassinations

In his latest book, Dr. Will Oliver of SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice explores the assassination of four U.S. Presidents and the attempted assassination of 17 more over the history of this country.

National Prison Leaders Share Experiences

The U.S. Navy is opening a new 400-bed military prison in Chesapeake, Virginia in September 2011. Jim Adams, Technical Director of the project, developed a list of 107 issues, including budgeting, hiring, logistics, and administration, that need to be addressed before opening the doors.

New Officers Elected for Forensic Science Society

Society of Forensic Science

The Society of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University recently elected officers for 2011.

LIFE Launches LEMIT's new Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a new leadership initiative consisting of a suite of specialized personalized development opportunities at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Leadership Inventory for Female Executives (LIFE), designed for aspiring and existing female executives in law enforcement, is the first program under the PDP series.

Houston Police Offers Student Internships

Heather Lewis witnessed domestic violence up close and personal during her internship.

Cesar Garcia assisted police in preparing key evidence in child sexual abuse cases by summarizing the interview tapes from young victims.

Study Abroad Germany/Austria Meeting

Thu, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Courtroom

Come to the informational meeting for the Study Abroad Program to Germany and Austria. From May 16-28, Dr. Willard Oliver will guide a trip to Munich and Vienna. Students will explore the history and development of the criminal justice system and visit such sites as Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and the Donauinsel Island Park in the Danube River.

ATF Internship Tracks Firearms Trafficking

Senior Carter Cole spent her Fall semester at Sam Houston State University tracking stolen guns for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Houston.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Dec. 1, 5:00 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Undergraduate Conference Proposal Deadline

Undergraduate Research Conference

Wed, Dec 1, 2010
Deadline for Proposals for Undergraduate Conference
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Undergraduate students at the College of Criminal Justice have until Dec. 1 to submit a proposal for a research paper or poster for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $500.

Hypnosis Aids Criminal Investigations

Colonel Perry Gilmore, Assistant Police Chief in Amarillo, has a unique specialty in the world of criminal justice. He is a certified investigative hypnotist who uses his skills to help victims and witnesses of violent crime recall details of the event.

Gilmore, who graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1973 with a degree in law enforcement, returned to his alma mater last week for an annual training session held by Texas Association of Investigative Hypnosis at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas. He is only one of about 40 law enforcement officers, attorneys and individuals in private practice with this unique specialty in Texas.

"When victims try to remember traumatic events, sometimes it is like they are reliving it all over again," said Gilmore. "Hypnosis allows us to mitigate the emotional event. For witnesses to a crime, they may not be able to give us details. Some of the techniques we use allow them to remember the details. Hypnosis has been used in cold cases that are 20 years old."

Hypnosis is an investigative and forensic tool that has been used by law enforcement and is permitted in courts in many states, including Texas. Texas was the first state to require mandatory training, testing and certification of police officers who use hypnotic interviewing techniques. To admit this evidence in court, the process must meet many strict safeguards and standards.

"We use the art and science of hypnosis to assist the witness or victim to relay information," said Lt. Kenny Ray of the Texas Rangers in Midland, president the Texas Association Investigative Hypnosis.

Christine A. Nix, a criminal justice Ph.D. student at Sam Houston State University, trained in the technique in 1994 while working as a Texas Ranger. She said it was another tool in her toolbox to fight crime and used only as one of the last investigative measures for victims and witnesses.

"It is guided relaxation," said Nix. "Have you been asked the name of someone from your past and the harder you tried, the further it slipped to the back of your memory? It’s there on the tip of your tongue and although you may have a visual of the person, you can’t recall the name. This is the short instant in time that a person is trying to remember. If they have seen, heard or experienced it, they may be able to bring it forward in their memory."

Nix said investigative hypnosis is not psychotherapy for mental well being or stage hypnosis, where people often act out on stage. It is not used to detect whether someone is telling the truth. It is simply an aid used to assist in memory retrieval, if possible, whether the event occur days or years before the interview.

For law enforcement, there are 10 procedural safeguards built into the session in recognition of the four prong danges established by the New Jersey Supreme Court decision of Hurd (1981). For example, if a witness was recalling a robbery, the trained officer would use open-ended questions in the interview. Investigative hypnotists trained and certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) avoid verbal and non-verbal cueing. A well-trained investigative hypnotist will not inquire about specific features unless first mentioned by the witness. Additionally trained investigative hypnotists always provide an audio or video recording or both for submission into evidence.

Law enforcement officers who use the technique must be certified by the TCLEOSE. Certification as a Texas investigative hypnotist requires a 50-hour training course and a licensure exam.

Among the issues studied are theories of hypnosis, legal aspects and expert witness qualification, induction techniques, deepening techniques, the use of hypnosis and polygraph, obtaining proper information during the session, techniques to obtain composite drawings and susceptibilities in the procedure.

While TCLEOSE does not require continuing education in hypnosis, The Texas Association of holds a two-day training session annually to discuss new techniques, legal changes or improved methods for interviewing victims and witnesses.

This year’s two-day conference included information on working with a forensic artists, understanding hypnosis and religion, explaining hypnotherapy and offering interviewing techniques for children and adolescents.

Investigative hypnosis is used only in a limited number of criminal cases. Nix said the training complemented her law enforcement and teaching careers. She conducts approximately four practice sessions a year and has used the technique to teach students how to relax or overcome test anxiety. Although retired, Nix maintains strict adherence to Texas Ranger policy that prohibits the use of hypnosis for smoking cessation or weigh loss.

“Hypnosis improves our interviewing skills,” Nix said. “It makes us more aware of people. During a hypnosis interview, the hypnotist must focus all concentration on the victim or witness through the duration of the session. A well trained and experienced hypnotist practices your dialogue rate and pattern of speech, and appropriate induction techniques.”

Criminal Justice Professors and Students Present Research at National Conference

The ASC, the largest professional criminology association with about 3,500 members from 50 countries, is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. Its members include students, practitioners and academicians from the many fields of criminal justice and criminology.

The papers presented by SHSU representatives in San Francisco covered a broad range of topics, including police operations, crime, DWI courts, female offenders, juvenile offenders, drug use, victimization, terrorism, international comparisons, and the sociology and psychology of crime.

"The American Society of Criminology is the premier conference for academic criminologists," said Dr. Michael Vaughn, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice. "Students get exposure from scholars across the world, and students have the opportunity to listen to speakers who report on their latest research representing the full gamut of the criminological enterprise."

The conference is of particular importance to graduate students, who gain exposure for their work among international scholars in the field. A total of 28 Ph.D. students attended the conference, with 23 of them sponsored by the college.

"The College of Graduate Studies and the College of Criminal Justice together provide up to $1,000 per student for travel money to attend the ASC, more than any other criminal justice or criminology Ph.D. program," Vaughn said. "Prior to the conference, all SHSU student presenters engaged in a practice presentation, which allowed them to hone their presentation skills prior to giving their formal paper at the meeting."

Among the research presented by SHSU graduate students and faculty were:

  • Drunken Driving: recidivism among DWI offenders; treatment compliance in DWI Drug Court programs; DWI manslaughter cases
  • Substance Abuse: drug courts in Texas; Internet and drug use; substance abuse, deviant behavior and high school dropouts
  • Legal Issues: civil liability during hot pursuits; narcotic detection dogs; sex offender registration statutes; future of capital punishment
  • Biological Criminology: resting heart rate, head injury and criminal behavior; nature and nurture linked to childhood antisocial behavior
  • International Issues: Internet media and terrorism in Turkey; motor bike theft in Taiwan; prosecution of Asian heads of state; homicide correlates among countries in the Western Hemisphere; delinquency in China and the United States; factors in delinquent behavior in Taiwan; parenting and delinquent behavior in Korea
  • Police Operations: Effectiveness of GIS; storefront operations; Neighborhood Watch Programs; police use of force; life course of police organizations; police presence and impact on crime
  • Social Issues: Texas employers attitudes toward hiring ex-offenders; concealed handguns on college campuses; Hispanic adolescence and deviance; delinquency in Asian societies; law enforcement and language barriers
  • Psychological Issues: the transition to parenthood and criminal behavior; parental drug use and crime; parental drug use and substance use by children
  • Correctional Issues: restorative justice programs; assessment tools for female offender
  • Victimization: Institutional response to male assault victims behavior; intimate partnership violence in older offenders and victims; intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Crime: homicide in intimate relationships; clearance rates in robberies and burglaries; violent crimes and nearby land use and facilities.

LEMIT Provides Continuing Ed for Police Chiefs

Police chiefs from across Texas recently attended continuing education training at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

CMIT Helps Jail Managers Up the Ladder

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), in collaboration with the American Jail Association, recently trained mid-level jail managers from 16 states across the country to take on leadership roles in their institutions.


Sat Nov. 20, 2010
8:00 AM - 2 PM
Sam Houston State University Visitors Center

Saturdays@SAM is a free program for prospective students, families, and friends.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 106

The scheduled speaker, Forensic Anthropolist Dr. Joan A. Bytheway, will be unable to attend the session. Instead, the guest speaker will be Dr. Karon Murff on digital forensics.

Real Talk with CJ: Tom Jones Regional LP Director

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Nov 16, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Shoe Box Drive for Soldiers

Nov. 15-19
10 AM - 2PM
Lowman Student Center, Mall Area

ROTC and LAE are working together to send our soldiers Shoe Boxes full of items to show our support. Come help us support our soldiers.

Society of Forensic Science Scholarship

Society of Forensic Science

The Society of Forensic Science is offering a Spring 2011 Scholarship to a deserving member of the organization. The purpose of the award is to financially assist the student with additional educational costs above tuition and fees such as textbooks. The total award amount is $250.

Internship Leads to Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Graduate Student Breanne Dolphin spent her summer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, researching books, movies and articles on child predators for that country’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Center.

SHSU Provides Citizen Survey to Houston Police

Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice recently completed the Houston Police Department’s latest citizen survey.

Study Abroad Italy Meeting

Wed, Nov. 9 or 11, 4 p.m.
Dr. Mitchel Roth's Office
Criminal Justice Hotel Building
Room 224

Join Dr. Roth for informational meetings about the Study Abroad Program in Italy this summer. Dr. Roth will lead the trip from June 15-28, examining the historic and current criminal justice system in the country. The trip includes visits to Rome, Florence and Sicily, with stops at famous landmarks like the Coliseum, Vatican and Mamertine Prison.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Women's Week

Monday, Nov 8, 5 p.m.
Health and Kinesiology Center, Multipurpose Room 3
Workout with NABCJ

Come start your week off right with an invigorating workout.

Tue, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Olsen Auditorium
W.O.W (Women of the World)

A forum discussing the image of women in public and professional settings portrayal of women in the media and dating.

Wed, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Room 304
Dirty Dark Secrets

You think you know but you have no idea.

Thu, Nov. 11, 7 p.m
SHSU Mall Area
Candelight Visual for Domestic Violence

Come light a candle for survivors of breast cancer and domestic violence as guest speakers talk about their experience with domestic violence.

Police Command Staff Gets LEMIT Training

Top command staff for Texas police departments were trained in key management issues during a recent program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

High School Staff Get Lessons in Criminal Justice

During a two-day training conference offered by Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, about 50 teachers met with faculty and staff from Sam Houston State University, The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas and the Conroe Police Department to learn about some of the latest teaching tools and topics available in criminal justice. The program culminated with educators sharing lesson plans used in the classroom.

"This helps us to have a seamless transition between what we teach and what they are teaching in college," said Coleen Young, a criminal justice teacher at Kennedy High School in San Antonio. "It gives us guidance on the topics that kids need to know."

Young, who has six students from her program enrolled in the College of Criminal Justice, said she is impressed by the cutting edge research that is going on at the university.

Dr. David Gangitano, assistant professor in Forensic Science, encouraged teachers to instill a love of science in their students. He presented a workshop on DNA, including the history of the technology and the steps in the process to use DNA in criminal justice. He also discussed research at the university to develop DNA profiles of pollen for use in criminal investigations as well as using DNA markers to identify the color of eyes, hair and skin of suspects.

"There is a great opportunity because if they love to learn science, it is can be used in this case to solve crimes," Gangitano said.

Teachers also were provided an overview of the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups, a program at SHSU that collects open source data on terrorist groups worldwide. Dr. Vesna Markovic, principal investigator for the program, presented information on suicide bombers, including the history of the practice, profiles and motivation for individuals and groups, as well as trends and threats.

Deputy Chief Michael Hanson of the Conroe Police Department outlined some of the new technology being used by law enforcement. Among these are laptops and SMART phones; tasers, radars and surveillance equipment; training techniques and opportunities; record management systems; and cameras.

Dr. Matt Nobles, assistant professor at the College of Criminal Justice, outlined some of the latest developments in cyber crime and offered many sites teachers could use for lesson plans. The presentation discussed security, safety and ethics on the Internet and dealt with such topics as social media, shopping, gaming, file sharing and network protection.

Since we are talking about cyber-crime, the challenge is in keeping current," Nobles said.

Dr. Leana Bouffard, an associate professor at the College, introduced data collection and ways it could be incorporated into the classroom. Bouffard demonstrated statistics available on such sites as the Death Penalty Information Center and the Uniform Crime Reports and how they could be used to illustrate quantity, change and relationship in crime data. She encouraged teachers to use designated events, such as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cyber-Crime Awareness Month or National Drug Fact Week, to generate research opportunities and to use local data to peak student interest.

Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson, another assistant professor at the College, showed how different types of media portray crimes, victims, offenders and law enforcement and how they influence public opinion. Among the media discussed were news, info-tainment, entertainment, gaming and social media.

Several members of the university also outlined the process of applying to Sam Houston State University and opportunities available for first year students. Educators also toured Incident Command Simulation Training at LEMIT, a state-of-the art facility that offers special crisis management instruction to national, state and local law enforcement, and the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, one of only four sites in the country to study the application of forensic science in crime scene and criminal activities using human bodies.

The program was developed by Dr. Holly Miller, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Karen Eads, Administrative Technician at the College of Criminal Justice.

ROTC Cadets Target Criminal Justice Degrees

Kim is one of 132 Army ROTC cadets at Sam Houston State University. More than 80 percent of the cadets in the program are pursuing degrees in criminal justice.

"As a criminal justice major, I wanted to see what other jobs might help my career," said Kim. "Everything in criminal justice includes policy and authority and a lot of that plays in the military. A lot of criminal justice majors want to go into the FBI or CIA. The military benefits you, helps you get there and prepares you for leadership."

Kim is the University’s top ROTC cadet, placing 41st out of 5,342 college seniors nationwide in the National Order of Merit, a ranking system based on academics, leadership, extracurricular activities and physical training. The high designation allowed Kim to be selective about the military branch and job she would take in the armed forces. Kim got her first choice in U.S. Army Military Intelligence. She will graduate in May and enter the program as a second lieutenant.

The College of Criminal Justice and the Army ROTC programs at SHSU compliment one another, both in practical preparation for careers as well as with similar goals and objectives. Dr. Holly Miller, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the College of Criminal Justice, said the two programs work well together.

"The majority of ROTC cadets are criminal justice majors," said Miller. "The ROTC and CJ students are interested in very similar things, like peacekeeping and protection."

"I think criminal justice appreciates the types of leaders we provide," said Lt. Col. David J. Yebra, commander of the university’s ROTC program. "Our cadets are physically fit; they work out a minimum three times a week. They are responsible, accountable and have leadership skills and discipline. They are taught basic rifle and marksmanship and understand the employment of weapons. We also track the academic progression of our students to ensure a high graduation rate."

While students can pursue degrees in criminal justice, forensic science and victims studies through the College of Criminal Justice, they can also get a minor in Military Science through the ROTC program. Students may take the lower-division courses without obligation for military service. They also may attend summer Army training, such as Airborne School.

Students who want to pursue upper-division can complete the ROTC program and compete for commissions as officers in the U. S. Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. SHSU also has a Veterans Center which offers assistance for returning military veterans.

The commissioned ROTC program offers monthly stipends as well as scholarship opportunities at both the national and campus levels, and graduates of the program enter the military as officers in the Army as second lieutenants. They have opportunities to serve in many branches of the military, such as infantry, Military Police, transportation, medical services and field artillery, Yebra said.

The ROTC program includes classes in leadership, basic military skills, critical decision making, field training, physical training and communications. Students also work with military leaders in the field through an online program to address decision-making in real life situations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"They also have significant opportunity to exercise their leadership skills by leading small units," Yebra said. "Our students understand accountability, caring for subordinates, providing instruction and training, issuing orders, and leading by example."

Yebra has witnessed firsthand the benefits of the military and law enforcement working side-by-side. Before his last deployment to Iraq, Yebra was sent to the Los Angeles Police Department to work with officers battling gangs in South Central LA. His unit adopted many of the techniques and tactics used by law enforcement agencies.

Retired police officers are also assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan to help train soldiers in warrant based targeting procedures, including collecting evidence, taking witness statements and testifying in court.

“Our two disciplines have never had a greater need to share information,” said Yebra.

Society of Forensic Science -- Prison Tour

Thur, Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Walls Prison Unit
815 12th St.
Huntsville, Texas 77320-3320
(936) 291-4200

University Hotel Open House

Wed Nov 3, 2010
4:30pm - 6:30pm
University Hotel
Bluebonnet Suite

The University Hotel cordially invites you to an open house to see our newly renovated rooms. Reception in Bluebonnet Suite.

SHSU Receives Grant to Target Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Over the next three years, the "Drug Impairment Training for Texas Employers" (DITTE) program will be developed for human resources and public affairs professionals, business owners, and senior and executive management employers on how to recognize signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use among their employees. This program will be patterned after a similar effort to train employees in secondary schools to detect drug and alcohol use among students.

"With support from the National Safety Council-Texas, the primary goal of the grant is to work with Texas employers to educate their employees on traffic safety and to help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on Texas highways," said Cecelia Marquart, director of the Impaired Driving Initiatives at Sam Houston State University’s Criminal Justice Center. "This strategy, focusing on impaired driving, would be one initiative businesses could initiate to minimize employee alcohol and drug use."

The six-hour training curriculum will assist employers in identifying the signs and symptoms of drug impairment, including alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug use. It will also provide a systematic approach to recognizing and evaluating individuals with abuse problems. By developing early intervention strategies, the program is designed to make roadways and workplaces safer.

The consequences of drug use on the job are staggering. About 75 percent of all adults using illicit drugs are employed, as well as most binge drinkers and heavy alcohol users. Nationally, for example, full-time workers aged 18-49 who reported any current illicit drug use were more likely than those reporting no current illicit drug use to have:

  • worked for three or more employers in the past year;
  • taken an unexcused absence from work in the past month
  • voluntarily left an employer in the last year; or
  • been fired by an employer in the last year.

According to a survey sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, illicit drug-using employees are more likely:

  • to request early dismissal or time off;
  • to have absences of eight days or more;
  • to be late for work;
  • to be involved in a workplace accident; and
  • to file workers’ compensation.

According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of on- and off- the- job accidental deaths in the U.S. In addition to making roads safer, addressing substance abuse issues can save companies money. In Texas, employers can save an estimated $13,514 a year in health care and related costs for each employee identified with a drug and alcohol issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Texas employers spend $4.3 billion a year as the result of employee traffic accidents.

In recent years, abuse of prescription drugs has become a threat on the job. While marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug problem nationwide, the abuse of pain killers ranks second. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 50 percent of Americans use one prescription drug for medical reasons on a regular basis, while 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in their lifetime.

The Impaired Driving Initiatives Program will develop an advisory group and pilot the DITTE curriculum the first year. The proposed curriculum will include an overview of drug and alcohol use, drug identification and effects, and the development of a resource guide for policies, programs and practices.

The six-hour training will be piloted in five key regions, including Austin/San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, El Paso, and Houston/Galveston. The program is expected to train up to 600 employers during the second and third years of the program with the goal of safer Texas highways.

Alumnus Appointed to ICE Firearms Unit

Chris Cronen, a 1991 graduate of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, recently was promoted to Deputy Director of the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

High School Criminal Justice Instructors Training

Oct 28 - 29, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Teaching Criminal Justice in the 21st Century

Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will once again host an annual seminar for Texas high school criminal justice instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to attend 1½ days that will provide professional training directly related to CJ subject field and special needs.

Real Talk with CJ: FBI Special Agent David Mohr

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 26, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

After 24 years of high adventure, experiences that seem almost unreal and travels that have taken him all over the world, David Mohr laughs as he thinks back to where it all began – in the little prison town of Huntsville.

CMIT Holds 41st Annual Jail Conference

More than 140 sheriffs, jail administrators and jail personnel converged on Sam Houston State College’ s Criminal Justice Center in October for the 41st Annual Jail Conference.

Probation/Parole Heads Trained from Across US

New probation and parole executives from across the country met at the College of Criminal Justice in September to learn management techniques and discuss common issues. Ideally, each executive has been in their position for a year or less.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Former DEA/ATF Agent Seeks Ph.D. to Teach

Deborah Sibila already had a 22-year career working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) before she came to the College of Criminal Justice for her Ph.D.

LEMIT Provides Training for New Chiefs

Police chiefs from four major cities in Texas joined the latest New Chief Development Program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in October.

Parents of Murdered Children

Tue Oct 19, 2010
6 pm to 8:30 pm
CJ Courtroom

Panel discussion by parents whose children have been murdered and their experiences as victims and with the criminal justice system.


Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. David Garland

Tue Oct 19, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. David W. Garland, one of the world’s leading sociologists in crime and punishment, will be the featured speaker at the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Oct. 19. His topic will be "Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition."

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

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Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Dr. Gerber Has the World at His Fingertips

In addition to being a criminal justice professor, Dr. Jurg Gerber is wearing many hats for Sam Houston State University, including those from Korea, Japan, India, China, Mexico, Switzerland and Eastern and Central Europe, to name just a few.

Dr. Wells Appointed Research Director at LEMIT

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) recently appointed Dr. Bill Wells of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice as its new Research Director.

CJ Planners Welcome International Prison Officials

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) hosted prison officials from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan during the biannual meeting of the Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners.

On Friday, October 1, the international visitors and Texas planners met to exchange ideas about prison conditions and policies here and abroad. Among the topics discussed were correctional management, medical and psychological support, reintegration into society, sentencing, job training, alternatives to incarceration, prison reform and prisoner rights, the role of the courts, and legislative changes.

The hourlong meeting, which was followed by visits with officials from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and tours of the Estelle Unit, were part of a three-week visit to the United States sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The visitors included Rinat Kabiyev, head of the Department of Regime, Supervision, and Protection, Penitentiary Committee in Kazakhstan; Yeskali Salamatov, Deputy Chairman of the Penitentiary Committee, also from Kazakhstan; and Dr. Vokhid Karimov, a medical doctor from Uzbekistan who monitors the health and well-being of inmates in the country’s prison system.

"We’ve learned a lot and we’ve understood a lot,' said delegation leader Salamatov.

In the past, CMIT has hosted other State Department-sponsored groups, including visitors from Cyprus, Italy, Korea, and Poland, but this is the first time a foreign country has participated with criminal justice planners.

The ongoing Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners brings together executive managers from counties across Texas who are charged with overseeing the criminal justice system in their jurisdictions, including the effective flow of inmates through the jail system; the effectiveness and efficiency among the many components of the local criminal justice system, and effective alternatives, diversion, and reentry of their population.

The planners represent the five largest counties – Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis – as well as small counties through representatives from The Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

The group discussed ongoing issues such as the use of GPS, pre-trial interventions, indigent defense, and alternatives to incarceration. They also previewed TAC’s Jail Population Control Pilot Program, providing feedback and suggestions for building bridges to smaller counties around the state.

"We have similar problems and similar issues," said Caprice Cosper, Director of Harris County's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination. "This has exposed me to emerging issues on the national level. It is about sharing ideas on what has been tried that has failed and what has been tried that has been successful. It's all about communication and collaboration and what we can take with us in order to change policy."

"It is a really positive thing that CMIT is doing," added Ron Stretcher, director of Criminal Justice for Dallas County. "It allows us to easily find out what’s happening in the other counties. We can find out what process worked and what processes didn’t work. It lets us to tap into the funding grapevine and allows us to be more organized to push similar agendas."

LAE Fraternity Captures Regional Sweepstakes

The local chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon brought home the Sweepstakes title from a recent regional competition of its fraternity.

It is the second year in a row that the organization has captured the top spot in Region 2, which includes seven states and 34 LAE chapters in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The 23 members of the Sam Houston team captured 31 of the 74 awards at the event, which including lower and upper collegiate as well as professional categories.

"I am proud to say that the regionals team that competed in Denton did a stand up job," said SHSU LAE President Tyler Eberhart. "They represented our chapter, college and school to the very best of their abilities and earned the highest overall award, the Sweepstakes trophy, for their efforts. The most important recognition we received that weekend was not for our individual efforts but by being commended on our character throughout the competition as a whole."

Students from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice competed in four different events, including a written test, a crime scene investigation, physical agility and firearms. The agility test were divided by age group and gender, including under 25 years old, between 25 and 35 years old and over 35 years old. Other competitions included levels for lower collegiate with two years of course credits or less, upper collegiate with more than two years of credit hours and professionals, which are members that work in law enforcement, corrections or the judiciary.

Sam Houston’s teams swept first, second and third place in physical agility as well as first place for crime scene and firearms.

The written test includes knowledge about the fraternity, criminal law, police management, corrections and juvenile justice.

In crime scene investigation, a team of three scoured a mock crime scene to gather evidence and fill our a police report.

During the physical agility test, participants were put through the obstacle course that serves as the entrance test for the Lewisville Police Department.

In firearms, participants used handguns to shoot at static targets a seven, 15 and 25 yards.

The Sam Houston team had 23 student, including four pledges and 19 members. Lambda Alpha Epsilon, also known as The American Criminal Justice Association, is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

Following is a list of students who placed in the competitions.

Emily Jaso- 1st crime scene upper, 3rd LAE knowledge lower
Jessica Klekar- 1st crime scene upper
Travis Hill- 1st crime scene upper
Jennifer Cambra- 1st LAE knowledge upper, 1st criminal law upper, 1st corrections upper, 3rd police management upper, 2nd physical agility, 2nd crime scene professional
Mark Mannino- 2nd crime scene professional
Sultana Jiron- 1st crime scene lower
Miguel Garcia- 1st crime scene lower, 3rd juvenile law lower, 3rd criminal law
Corey Evans- 1st crime scene professional, 1st team firearms lower, 1st corrections test lower, 2nd LAE knowledge lower
Diana Mejia-2nd criminal law, 2nd police management, 2nd corrections lower
Kayla Smith-3rd criminal law upper, 3rd crime scene lower
Kristen Roatch- 3rd juvenile justice upper, 3rd crime scene lower
Katy Koster- 3rd crime scene lower
Grant Turner- 3rd place physical agility, 2nd corrections upper
Amber Meadows- 3rd place police management lower
Jessica Del Aguila- 3rd place physical agility, 2nd place Crime scene lower
Jamie Baker- 1st physical agility mens
Aerial Ronell- 1st crime scene professional
Ryan Beech- 1st firearms team lower, 2nd crime scene lower
Tyler Eberhart- 1st crime scene professional, 1st firearms individual lower, 1st firearms team, 2nd physical agility
Zachary Zachary-2nd crime scene lower

Watkins Appointed to Texas Police Association

Rita Watkins, Executive Director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Texas’ oldest police organization.

Watkins will serve as a Region 2 Director for the Texas Police Association, a group founded in 1895 to improve the police profession. The organization has 4,000 members statewide, and its mission is to promote training programs.

"We were looking around for ways to diversify and expand and provide fresh input," said TPA President Bob Christy. "Executive Director Watkins is a great addition to the board. She is well respected in the criminal justice profession throughout the state, and we like the things she did at LEMIT. We wanted to get away from the good old boys network."

Through training, exchange of information, and various recognition programs, The Texas Police Association’s mission is to upgrade the efficiency and professional status of all Texas law enforcement officers. It represents law enforcement officers from municipal police departments, sheriff's departments, constable's offices, the Department of Public Safety, federal agencies, and others.

"It’s an honor to be on the Board of a police organization that is instrumental in changes in the field," said Watkins, who has served as Executive Director of LEMIT since 2001. "Their legislative initiatives are about education and learning."

As one of the sponsoring groups, TPA was influential in the adoption of the statute which created the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

"A lot of organizations provide lawyers; we provide training," said Christy. "If you are train properly and do your job properly, you don’t need a lawyer."

TPA devotes a sizable amount of its resources to the sponsorship and support of law enforcement training and education. The programs cover a broad spectrum of interest and need and include training in management, supervision, and a large variety of specialized law enforcement skills.

The organization will hold its annual training conference in June 2011 in San Antonio, and

Watkins is scheduled to present a seminar on leadership. Among the other topics that will be addressed are drugs, border issues, and school violence. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is scheduled to be the featured speaker.

While Watkins manages LEMIT, she is still a police officer at heart. She continues to maintain her peace officer license through Walker County District Attorney David Week’s Office.

"My law enforcement license is very important to me,” Watkins said.

Watkins began her career as a juvenile probation officer in Brazos County, a job she held for four year. In 1993, she was a police officer in the College State Police Department and later worked as chief deputy at the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.

Watkins joined LEMIT in 1997, where she coordinated and implemented the Leadership Command College, a management training initiative that involves Texas A & M, Texas Women’s University and Sam Houston State University. The training is designed to provide police executives with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful leadership in a modern law enforcement agency.

Appointed executive director of the institute in 2001, Watkins is responsible administrative supervision of the institute’s programs and operations. Her experience also includes human resource management and supervision, fiscal planning, strategic planning, and international development initiatives.

Society of Forensic Science -- Prison Tour

Thu Oct. 7, 2010
3:30 p.m.
Estelle Prison Unit
264 FM 3478 Rd.
Huntsville, Texas 77320-3320
(936) 291-4200

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Wed Oct. 6, 2010
5:30 pm
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Get a crash course in different Forensic Science disciplines by taking a tour through the lab. We will be looking at Blood Spatter, Trace, Toxicology, DNA, and Fingerprints.

Pizza and drinks will be provided!

Real Talk with CJ: Rice University Police Chief William F. Taylor

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 5, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

For Bill Taylor, a police officer is like a paladin, a knight sent out to protect citizens against those that would harm them.

Taylor is Police Chief and Director of Public Safety for Rice University, a sprawling 300 acre campus located in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. Taylor has spent his career protecting college campuses, including Arizona State University in Tempe and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Criminal Justice Ph.D.s Celebrates 40 Years

The brainchild of two visionary men, George J. Beto, former Director of the Texas Department of Corrections, and Arleigh B. Templeton, former President of Sam Houston State College, was to establish a program of excellence in criminal justice education. Forty years later, the College of Criminal Justice has produced 259 doctoral graduates, including prominent leaders in academia and in practice across the Unites States and world.

Institute Leads Criminal Justice Legal Research

Established just four years ago, the Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University continues to seek a wider influence on the study of law as it relates to criminal justice.

Alumni Robert Garmon Tackles U.S. Marshals

Like the new television series “The Chase,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon has tracked down fugitives, seized property and brought suspects to justice in court.

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Sat Oct 2, 2010
1:45 pm
Texas Prison Museum
491 State Highway 75N
Huntsville, Texas
(936) 295-2155

Join Us for a Tour!

Top Correction Officials Briefed on Research

Top managers within adult and juvenile corrections throughout Texas met leading researchers in the criminal justice field during the latest training offered by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

Special Child Abuse and Neglect Class

Thu Sept 30, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:20pm
CJ Center, Lower Auditorium

Dr. Teske's class will feature the author of "To the Last Breath," the story of the murder of two-year old Renee Goode and her grandmother’s search for justice.

Among the presenters will be:

  • Grandmother Sharon Couch
  • Investigator Sue Dietrich
  • Prosecutor Jeri Yenne

All students and interested parties are invited to attend.

Texas Schools Get Lessons on Impaired Driving

As teen death and injuries continue to rise from alcohol and drug related crashes, Sam Houston State University, Impaired Driving Initiatives Program, is addressing the statewide issue by delivering a national curriculum to teachers, counselors, nurses and coaches.

Bearkats Attend CJ Open House

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice participated in the Bearkat Family Weekend Open House.

Parents and students tried drunk driving simulation goggles, got fingerprinted and found out about Study Aboard programs in China, Italy and Germany at the College of Criminal Justice Open House during Bearkat Family Weekend.

Internship Meeting

Mon Sep 23, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Attention Criminal Justice Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: If you are interested in completing an internship

  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • Federal Internship Summer/Fall 2011
  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • U. S. Marshals Co-Op Dec. 2011 – Aug. 2012

Applications due Oct. 1, 2010. You will need to attend a registration meeting on

Monday, September 20, 2010
at 10:00 a.m.
CJ Court Room
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
CJ Court Room

Please contact the Internship Office at 294-1659 or come by Room 228-A (Hotel) for further information.

Internship Meeting

Thu Sep 23, 2010
10:00 am
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Attention Criminal Justice Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: If you are interested in completing an internship

  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • Federal Internship Summer/Fall 2011
  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • U. S. Marshals Co-Op Dec. 2011 – Aug. 2012

Applications due Oct. 1, 2010. You will need to attend a registration meeting on

Monday, September 20, 2010
at 10:00 a.m.
CJ Court Room
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
CJ Court Room

Please contact the Internship Office at 294-1659 or come by Room 228-A (Hotel) for further information.

Study Aboard Programs Set for 2011

CJ Students at Puyuan Police Station
SHSU Criminal Justice Student Delegation at Puyuan Police Police Substation in China.

Criminal justice students will get a chance to combine study and sightseeing during trips to China, Germany/Austria and Italy in the Spring and Summer of 2011.

Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. John Hagan

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Wed Sep 22, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The College of Criminal Justice will host Dr. John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, for the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Sept. 22. Hagan's topic will be "Explaining State-Led Genocide: Dehumanization, Death, and Displacement in Darfur."

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Wed Sep 22, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Chemistry/Forensic Science Building 103

Our guest speaker at this meeting will be Forensic Firearms Examiner Bradley Bruns from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Real Talk with CJ: Deputy Marshal Natalie Garza

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Sep 21, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Alumni Natalie Garza found a diverse and exciting career in the U.S. Marshals Service. As a deputy in the federal agency, Garza assists with apprehending federal fugitives, protecting the federal judiciary, shielding the Witness Security Program, transporting federal prisoners and seizing property acquired through illegal activities.

LEMIT Trains Police Chiefs in Texas

The training, which was held at the Overton Conference Center in Lubbock from Sept 13-17, is specifically designed to assist police administrators in developing their leadership skills and to help them recognize factors that impact the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies.

The five-day training focused on effective communications, employee relations, visioning, crisis services, legal updates, leadership skills, computer trends in crime and telephone exploitation.

Dr. George Franks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Stephen F. Austin State University, discussed the political aspects of the job, whether it is managing the internal organization or the external city council and society.

"At the root of political science is the effort to deliver justice," said Dr. Franks. "You don’t want to play politics, but you need to understand how to use it effectively. For many, the word politics has a negative context, but in reality, you have to be good at it to be effective."

LEMIT is part of the Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University and is responsible for training about 1,000 police chiefs statewide every two years. The training is held three times a year at the LEMIT at Sam Houston State University as well as locations throughout the state.

"Texas is a definitely a leader in this area and other states recognize what we do," said Donna Garcia, program coordinator for chief programs at LEMIT.

The Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Program features experts throughout Texas and the United States. Among the speakers and their topics at the September training were:

  • Franks on Political Survival
  • Harker Heights Police Chief Michael R. Gentry and Carrollton Police Chief David N. James on the Practice of Servant-Leadership
  • James McLaughlin, General Counsel/Executive Director of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, on legal issues
  • Jeff Marshall of the Telecommunications Research Analysis Center at the Texas Department of Public Safety on telephone exploitation
  • Lt. Richard Dickson, statewide supervisor for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s cyber crime and computer forensics program on computer trends in crime
  • Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Government Resources, Inc, on strategic visioning
  • Dr. Darlene Warrick McLaughlin, Assistant Professor at Texas A & M Department of Psychiatry. on the Crisis Service Redesign Initiative to address problems in the states mental health and substance abuse crisis services
  • Michael Mirarchi of Management Law Consultants on the fundamentals of employee relations

LEMIT also offers training for new police chiefs as well as specialized training for chiefs and top administrators in the 30 largest police departments in the state.

Public Information Officers Get Disaster Training

Public Information Officers (l to r) John Argumaniz of the Irving Police Department, Sgt. Eric Bruss of the Santa Fe Police Department and Capt. Wes Priddy of Travis County Sheriff's Office hold a mock press conference at a recent LEMIT training session.

Public Information Officers from a wide spectrum of law enforcement and educational agencies were immersed in a world of routine press releases and large scale disasters during a three-day training at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT).

Police Research Center Targets Intensive Patrols

The Police Research Center is providing ongoing research to develop cost-effective patrolling strategies in high crime areas. In Dallas, the study involves the Disruption Unit. In Houston, the Center is examining hot spot response termed Houston Enhanced Action Patrol (HEAP).

"Most law enforcement agencies have been basing resource allocation decisions on a variety of factors, including crime analysis data, intuition and, to some extent (although we hate to admit it), political pressure," said Kirk Munden, Executive Assistant Chief of the Houston Police Department. "Some of these factors are appropriate, and some are entirely inappropriate, but in the absence of empirical data, this has been our reality."

The research is an outgrowth of the Major Cities Chiefs Leadership Training Program, a specialized program for chiefs and top management in the state’s 30 largest cities, including Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, El Paso and 24 others. Similar to the training received by all Texas police chiefs biennially at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, this program focuses upon crime control strategies and is taught by national experts. The most recent topic is using social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, as an investigative and community information tool.

As part of its research with Dallas and Houston, the center has tapped into the cities’ geographic crime reporting databases.

In Dallas, the Police Research Center helped to identify the 12 worst, crime-ridden areas in the city and gauged the effect of concentrated patrols in those areas on violent and property crimes. The study found that extra patrols were more effective in reducing property crimes rather than violent crimes in hot spots, although there was an impact upon both.

"We want to find the most cost-effective way to move the extra patrol around the jurisdiction," said Dr. Larry Hoover, director of the Police Research Center. "We know proactive, saturation patrols work. However, we do not know the optimal amount of extra patrol necessary to impact crime, nor do we know the optimal amount of time extra patrols should remain at a hot spot."

The Police Research Center is initiating a second study in Dallas that will examine near repeat shootings, which usually are retaliatory shooting based on gang rivalry or drug distribution. The study will look at the characteristic of retaliatory incident so police can develop better intervention strategies to address the issue.

In Houston, the Police Research Center initially did a study to assess the impact of HPD’s Crime Reduction Unit, which deployed 60 officers in concentrated patrols in crime hot spots in the city to interdict gangs, guns and drugs.

"We found that the unit substantially reduced property crime," Hoover said, adding, "and although we did not find a pronounced effect upon violent crime given the limitations of the available data, evidence strongly suggests that targeted violent crime went down as well."

The study measured the rate at which crime was displaced to adjoining neighborhoods, or conversely may also have reduced crime in nearby areas based on the extra patrols. It also calculated how long crime reduction lasted after the extra patrols were reassigned to other areas, and the nature of crime in the area that was most affected.

To be more cost effective, the city designed a scaled back version of the plan, HEAP, with two extra patrol officers in a smaller target area, the equivalent of half the standard beat. The center is testing the results for several variations of time spent at a given hot spot.

"Dr. Hoover, Dr, Zhao, and the members of their research team have offered us the possibility of developing a set of practical decision-making tools to help us improve the service we provide, which is especially important during periods of shrinking resources," said Munden. “Although the results are somewhat surprising and counterintuitive, the SHSU team is advancing our knowledge and will ultimately help police managers make legitimate, objective and defensible manpower allocation decisions."

Students Can Earn Degree in Virtual Classroom

Dr. Randy Garner strives to create a virtual classroom for graduate students who pursue their degrees online.

Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis

Sep 13 - Oct 1, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University in association with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the International Association for Identification is pleased to offer courses in

Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis Designed for Practitioners, Academics, and Students.

Professionals Train in Crime Scene Investigations

Law enforcement officers, forensic specialists and graduate students can get hands-on experience in crime scene investigation and analysis and earn certification from the International Association of Identification (IAI) through a series of special sessions offered this fall.

King Awarded National Institute of Justice Grant

Dr. William King, an associate professor at the College of Criminal Justice, received a $341,807 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the use and effectiveness of a national database of forensic ballistics evidence.

Labor Day Holiday

Mon Sep 6, 2009

The university is closed in recognition of Labor Day.

Crime Victim Institute is Research Arm for Texas

The Crime Victims' Institute provides a voice for victims through its research on a wide variety of issues, including the Texas Crime Victim Compensation Fund, victim participation in plea bargains, victim's rights, stalking, victim impact statements, identity theft, restitution, intimate partner violence, hate crimes, and victimization of college students, immigrants and the elderly.

Leadership Command College Heads to Poland

In September, five graduates of the Leadership Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas will be representing the state during a visit to Poland. The delegates will have an opportunity to learn about the Polish criminal justice system, policing structures and techniques, corrections and international aspects of policing.

Focusing on Crime in Houston

Yung-lien (Edward) Lai spent 10 years as a correction officer in Taiwan before coming to the United States as a graduate student at the College of Criminal Justice. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jihong (Solomon) Zhao, he hopes to earn his Ph.D. and return to his native country to teach in the Central Policing University.

New Huntsville Police Chief is CJ Graduate

In May, Kevin Lunsford had two reasons to celebrate: he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and became Chief of the Huntsville Police Department.

Lunsford, Class of 2010, is a home-grown Walker County resident and spent his entire career in the Huntsville Police Department, beginning as a patrol officer in 1982. He was appointed the new Police Chief in May 2010.

Welcome New Faculty

Two new assistant professors -- Drs. Matt R. Nobles and Brian B. Boutwell -- have joined the College of Criminal Justice this fall, bringing expertise in behavioral genetics, interpersonal violence, gun policy and communities and crime to students.

Dr. Nobles comes to the College of Criminal Justice after serving as an assistant professor at Washington State University in Pullman, where he was named Outstanding Criminal Justice Professor in 2009.

Dr. Boutwell, who earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University, has published in several criminal justice journals and presented papers at national conferences.

Special Agent Seeks Online Degree

As a senior special agent assigned to a high intensity drug trafficking task force at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Office (ICE) in Dallas, William "Billy" Gibson has a busy, erratic work schedule. That's why he opted to pursue his master's degree at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice online.

Police Departments Fight Crime with CRIMES

At the Seguin Police Department, officers are using the CRIMES software package developed by Sam Houston State University's Police Research Center to fight crime in their community.

CMIT Hosts Annual Gangs Conference in Austin

Gang Tattoos
Gang Tattoos

Two former gang leaders recently helped enlighten 250 professionals from corrections, probation, police departments, sheriffs' offices and school police on gangs in Texas.

Alumni Update: Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Amanda received her Ph.D. from the college in August 2010.

Alumni Update: George Day

George Day, a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Criminal Justice, was named an assistant professor at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

Alumni Update: Natalia Tapia

Natalia Tapia accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois. Natalia is Ph.D. candidate and her anticipated graduation date is December 2010.

Faculty and Alumni Publications

Raymond H.C. Teske, Jr., Kenneth C. Land and Hui Zheng. (2009) "The Short-Term Effects of Executions on Homicides: Deterrrende, Displacement, or Both?" Criminology, 47.

Alumni Update: G.M. Cox

Police Chief G.M. Cox of Murphy Texas, who earned his master's in Criminal Justice Management from SHSU in 1987, is currently working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. at the University of Texas - Arlington in Public Administration. He is a candidates as of June 2008.

Alumni Update: Cody Velkovich

Cody Velkovich, who graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice, was promoted in March to Field Supervisor of the Austin Region of Executive Security Systems, Inc. The company is a privately-owned security services contractor that provides temporary and permanent armed and unarmed security officers, mobile patrol services and private investigators through offices in Austin, Bryan, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

Alumni Update: Lindsay Siriko

Lindsay E. Siriko, who earned his master's degree in Criminal Justice from SHSU in 1976 and his bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement from SHSU in 1974, is running for the position of Harris County Constable in Precinct 4. Siriko is a senior police officer with the Houston Police Department.

Faculty and Student Publications

Brita Kim, Jurg Gerber, and Dan Richard Beto. (2010) "Listening to Law Enforcement Officers: The Promises and Problems of Police - Adult Probation Partnerships." Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 625-632.

Alumni Update: Charlette Fleming

Charlette Fleming, who received her bachelor's degree from SHSU in 2006, is a Career Service Representative for the Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Program at Remington College in Houston. She has consistently placed more than 75 percent of her degree candidates within their fields of study. She has touched on nearly every aspect of the criminal justice system, including domestic violence and victimology, security, loss prevention, corrections, mediation and negotiation, and insurance claims investigation.

New Staff: Beth Kuhles

Beth Kuhles
CJ Mandate Editor

Beth Kuhles, a communications specialist for more than 25 years, joined the College of Criminal Justice as the editor of the CJ Mandate.

New Faculty: Matt R. Nobles

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Nobles comes to the College of Criminal Justice after serving as an assistant professor at Washington State University in Pullman, where he was named Outstanding Criminal Justice Professor in 2009. Previously, Nobles was an adjunct instructor and research analyst at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY; a graduate instructor at the University of Florida; and a GIS & Crime Analysis Intern at the Gainesville Police Department in Florida. His areas of research expertise include interpersonal violence, gun policy and communities and crime.

New Faculty: Brian B. Boutwell

Description of Image Brian B. Boutwell
Assistant Professor

Dr. Boutwell’s area of focus is in behavioral genetics and how both environmental and genetic factors influence anti-social behavior. He will teach a course in criminological theory in the fall.

Gaertner speaks at 2010 Summer Commencement

During the Summer 2010 Commencement ceremony, President James F. Gaertner bid a fond farewell to Sam Houston State University, which he has led since 2001. Under his leadership, Gaertner launched 16 new academic programs, increased enrollment and faculty, constructed new landmark facilities, and established articulated programs at more than 40 community colleges.

Forensic Science Educator Training

Aug 9 - 12, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
Hosted by The Forensic Science Program at Sam Houston State University
PDF Flyer

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to attend a four-day conference on forensic science at Sam Houston State University. Registrants will receive lab and lecture based instruction and a variety of electronic and physical resources to help incorporate forensic science into the middle and high school curriculum.

Final Exams

Fri Aug 6, 2010
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Final Exams for all SHSU Summer II 2010 classes.

Summer Camp 2010: Session III

Sun Jul 11 - 15, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Are you a high school student age 15-17 interested in criminal justice? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in criminal justice? Would you like to meet law enforcement agents, professors, and other students that share your interest? Would you like to tour the prison, crime lab, or morgue? Would you like to investigate a mock crime scene?

New Faculty: Jeffrey A. Bouffard

Dr. Jeffrey A. Bouffard Dr. Jeffrey A. Bouffard joined the College as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2009. He previously taught at University of Maryland, Indiana University, North Dakota State University, and, most recently, at Washington State University, where he also served as the Director of the Criminal Justice Program and the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator. In his first semester with the College, he is teaching CJ 462, Substance Use and Abuse.

Summer II 2010 Classes Begin

Fri Jul 9, 2010

Summer II 2010 Classes begin

Final Exams

Tue Jul 6, 2010
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Final Exams for all SHSU Summer I 2010 classes.

Summer Camp 2010: Session II

Sun Jun 27 - Jul 1, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Are you a high school student age 15-17 interested in criminal justice? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in criminal justice? Would you like to meet law enforcement agents, professors, and other students that share your interest? Would you like to tour the prison, crime lab, or morgue? Would you like to investigate a mock crime scene?

Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis

Crime Scene Investigation

Jun 21 - 25, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University in association with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the International Association for Identification is pleased to offer courses in

Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis
Designed for High School Teachers

Summer Camp 2010: Session I

Sun Jun 13 - 17, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Are you a high school student age 15-17 interested in criminal justice? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in criminal justice? Would you like to meet law enforcement agents, professors, and other students that share your interest? Would you like to tour the prison, crime lab, or morgue? Would you like to investigate a mock crime scene?

Summer I 2010 Classes Begin

Tue Jun 8, 2010

Summer I 2010 Classes begin

CJ Job Fair Exceeds Expectations

On March 4, 2009, representatives from nearly 30 criminal justice organizations set up recruiting tables in the LSC Ballroom for the first annual Criminal Justice Job Fair to talk with SHSU Criminal Justice students about employment opportunities in their organizations.

Sam Houston President Dr. Gaertner Celebration

Students, staff, and faculty bid a fond farewell to Sam Houston President Dr. Gaertner this April.

CCJ Commencement Ceremony

Fri May 14, 2010
6:00 P.M.
Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Our own lecture series by top scholars from the field of criminology & criminal justice brings vitality to the learning experiences of students and faculty alike.

Check out the Archives to watch lectures from the 1980's to this year.

Real Talk

Real Talk with CJ

Have a talk with real professionals in the Criminal Justice field about their experiences on the job and what it takes to get where they are.

Have a look at our speakers.

Final Exams

Mon May 10 - 13, 2010
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Final Exams for all SHSU Spring 2010 classes. Check the Final Exam Schedule for times

CCJ Annual Spring Picnic

Wed May 5, 2010
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Intramural Field #1

Free Food and Prizes too!

Bring your best game to the annual faculty/staff/graduate student vs. undergraduate softball game!

Sign up by emailing

Softball • Dunking Booth • Volleyball • Badminton

Real Talk with CJ: Lanny Ray and Bryan Cantrell

Tue Apr 27, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

This talk is sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.

C. Bryan Cantrell attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a B.S. in 1992. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1995 after graduating cum laude from Baylor University Law School. Bryan was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1995. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and all U.S. District Courts for the State of Texas. After graduation from Baylor University Law School, Bryan joined the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in Dallas, Texas. Bryan also practiced in College Station, Texas, before moving to Huntsville in 2001 to begin the firm that is now Cantrell, Ray, Maltsberger & Barcus, LLP.

College of Criminal Justice Awards Day

Thu Apr 22, 2010
11:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

See the Today @ Sam article for details

College of Criminal Justice 2nd Annual Undergraduate Conference

Wed Apr 21, 2010
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Undergraduate students are invited to submit an original research poster or paper with the possibility of winning $500 in scholarships and be recognized at the annual Honors Convocation on April 22, 2010. Authorship is limited to undergraduates. Proposals are due February 12, 2010.

Summer Camp Deadlines

Mon April 12, 2010
5:00 P.M.
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Deadline Extended

All applications must be postmarked by April 12, 2010, applicants will be notified by mail no later than April 26, 2010 if they have been selected. Complete camp payment must be received no later than June 4, 2010. No refund will be given if cancellation is within two weeks of designated camp session.

For more information see our Summer Camp Webpage.

Real Talk with CJ: Clete Buckaloo

Thursday April 8, 2010
3:00 pm - 4:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Clete R. Buckaloo has served with the Texas Rangers for over 15 years. Beginning in 1993 with Company “D” at the rank of Sergeant, he was responsible for conducting criminal investigations, special investigations of elected officials, apprehending wanted felons, providing executive protection to the Governor and other dignitaries as assigned, and assisting local law enforcement in the suppression of crime and violence.

Internship Information Meeting

Wed April 7, 2010
3:00 P.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

What is an internship? How do I apply? Can I earn academic credit while interning?

College of Criminal Justice Award Day April 22, 2010

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University will recognize service, leadership, superior scholarship, and will honor those who have fallen in the line of duty at three events on April 22.

Good Friday

Fri Apr 2, 2010

Student/Faculty Holiday

STAFS Facility Hosts Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis Training

This October, the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility hosted a special training for crime scene investigation and analysis. The training was open to any forensic scientist or student who wanted to attend, but was primarily geared toward law enforcement, who were able to receive TCLEOSE credit. For those who had already met their work requirements, the training also fulfilled the education requirement to sit for certification in the International Association for Identification, the world's oldest and largest forensic science association.

Real Talk with CJ: Patricia Pecina Wosnitzky and Laura Purcell

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Sigma. Patricia Pecina Wosnitzky attended McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas before transferring to Sam Houston State where she earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Police Science in 1987. While attending SHSU, Patricia was an active member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and was named to the Dean’s List and The Golden Key National Honor Society. In 1989, Patricia began her first job in probation at Falls County Adult Probation.

Alumni Update: Jerry McGee

Jerry McGee (B.S. in Criminal Justice, 1995) is currently the Chief CBPO with Customs and Border Protection over all passenger arrivals both in the air and sea environment for the Anchorage area. This makes him the third ranking member of CBP in the state of Alaska.

Spring Break

Mon Mar 15-19, 2010

University Closed

Alumni Update: Craig Hemmens

Craig Hemmens (Ph.D. 1998) recently published the article "A Community Under Siege: Bruce Springsteen and Social Justice? in the Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies 9(1), 19-37 (2009). The paper was based on an invited presentation he gave at the University of Central Missouri's 2008 annual conference on Crime and Popular Culture, which was put on by Frank Wilson (Ph.D. 2006).

Alumni Update: Jennifer Owens

Jennifer Lname Owens Degree M.S. Forensic Science Year 2005 Titl Firearms & Toolmark Examiner Agency Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosive Jennifer Owens (M.S. in Forensic Science, 2005) accepted in July 2009 a position at the ATF National Laboratory Center - Forensic Science Laboratory outside of Washington, D.C., in the Firearms Section as a Firearms & Toolmark Examiner. The ATF National Laboratory Center provides forensic services to the eastern portion of the U.S. for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a variety of fields, including Firearm & Toolmark Identification, Arson & Explosives Debris Analysis, Questioned Document Examination, DNA Analysis, and Fingerprint Examination. The ATF laboratory system, which consists of labs in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, has been in existence since 1886 when the first "lab" was housed in the attic of the U.S. Treasury Building. Jennifer previously was employed by the Harris County Sheriff's Office Regional Firearms Identification Laboratory in Houston, Texas.

Alumni Update: Wendy Jasper-Martinez

Wendy Jasper-Martinez is the new Program Manager for the Law Enforcement Academy and Breath Alcohol Testing Program at Lone Star College. Ms. Jasper-Martinez graduated from SHSU with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement/Police Science in 1997 and later completed a Master of Public Administration with emphasis in Criminal Justice at Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently, she is completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education/Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Prior to taking over the LSC Police Academy, Ms. Jasper-Martinez worked for the Walker County Sheriff's Department, Sabine County Sheriff's Department, and was a Department Chair for a Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Program at Remington College. Ms. Jasper-Martinez lives in Houston with her husband, Ron, and her 7-year-old son, Jenssen.

Real Talk with CJ: Jim McNutt

Tuesday Mar 9, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Jim McNutt is a Senior Fingerprint Specialist for the Southwest Regional Science Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He holds a Bachelor’s in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University and is certified as a Latent Print Examiner and Senior Crime Scene Analyst by the International Association for Identification (IAI). He has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement and forensic investigation and identification.

Alumni Update: Steve Dye

Steve Dye (B.S in Law Enforcement/Police Science, 1984) was appointed Chief of Police for the Colleyville Police Department on January 4, 2010. Prior to this appointment, Steve had retired from Garland P.D.

Alumni Update: William Drake

William Drake (M.A. in Criminal Justice, 1975) was recently invited to attend and participate in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, to discuss Crime and Punishment: Addressing the Dilemma as it relates to terrorism, money laundering, cyber crime and drug trafficking. Conference dates are July 18 - 23, 2010. He will also present a paper on "Examining the idea(s) of leagalizing illegal drugs."

Criminal Justice Career Fair

Wed Mar 3, 2010
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
LSC Ballroom

Criminal justice organizations will set up recruiting tables to talk with SHSU Criminal Justice students about employment opportunities in their organizations.

Real Talk with CJ: Boris E. Mason

Tuesday Feb 23, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Boris E. Mason attended Texas College in Tyler, TX, in the early ‘80s then transferred to Texas Sothern University in Houston. During that time he began working for AT&T and was assigned as a member of the AT&T Federal Systems Specialty Division, where he worked for the Government Security in the AT&T Fraud Protection and Surveillance Department. Still employed by AT&T, he transferred to Columbus and continued his education, earning a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Franklin University in 1994.

Deadline for Undergraduate Conference Proposals

Fri Feb 12, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Proposals for the Undergraduate Conference original research poster or paper contest are due February 12, 2010.

See the College of Criminal Justice 2nd Annual Undergraduate Conference page for more information.

Alumni Update: Craig Hemmens

Craig Hemmens (PhD 1998), recently coauthored Criminological Theory: A Text/Reader for Sage Publishing, which is part of a series of text/readers designed for primary Criminal Justice courses. Other books in the series coauthored by Craig include Courts, Corrections, Introduction to Criminology, and Juvenile Justice. He also coauthored Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective. More information can be found here.

Real Talk with CJ: Mark V. Denham

Tuesday Feb 9, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Mark V. Denham is a certified Master Peace Officer with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) with more than 30 years’ experience in local, state, and federal law enforcement. He has an extensive crisis management and response background as a tactical practitioner and instructor.

Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. James Jacobs

Tue Feb 9, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. James Jacobs
"Individual Criminal History Records: Puzzles and Dilemmas"

Alumni Update: Brian Richenberger

Brian Richenberger, a 1993 SHSU graduate, was recently promoted to rank of Lieutenant in the Columbia, MO Police Department. He was hired by the Columbia Police Department in 1997 as a Community Service Aide, and promoted to police officer in 1998. In 2000, he joined the Narcotics Unit as an investigator and member of MUSTANG (Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group). He became a sergeant in 2005, supervising patrol officers, and returned to the Narcotics Unit as a supervisor in 2008.

Lunch at Belvin

Fri Feb 5, 2010
12:00 P.M.
Belvin Cafeteria

Doctoral students are invited to come share lunch and discuss criminal justice issues, policy, and emerging trends with members of faculty.

Alumni Update: Shannon B. Baldwin

Shannon B. Baldwin, an SHSU graduate, opened a new law office in Houston, TX, on December 1, 2009. She attended John Marshall Law School and has been practicing law since 1996. Her primary focus for the past 13 years has been Criminal Law. For more information, call 713-664-6800 or click here.

Alumni Update: Paul Machinski

Paul Machinski (1984 SHSU graduate), a former Houston deputy and State of Texas corrections officer, owns Investigative Solutions, a private investigative agency in St. Clair, MI. He has been licensed in Michigan as a private investigator for 15 years. Among other areas, he specializes in civil, criminal, corporate, and internal investigations, undercover surveillance, record searches, background checks, and domestic and divorce investigations. More information can be found here.

Alumni Update: Michael Hansen

Michael Hansen, 2009 graduate of the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management and 2006 graduate of LEMIT's Leadership Command College, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for the Conroe Police Department on November 3, 2009.

Real Talk with CJ: Senior Special Agents William "Billy" Gibson and Justin Marshall

Tuesday Jan 26, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

William Gibson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1989 through 1997, both active and reserve components, and was activated for Operation Desert Storm where he served as a 0331 Machine Gunner. From 1991 - 1997, Cpl Gibson was deactivated and released to the reserves 1/23rd Marines in Houston, TX. During that time, he became a full-time student at Sam Houston State University, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995.

Lunch at Belvin

Fri January 22, 2010
12:00 P.M.
Belvin Cafeteria

Doctoral students are invited to come share lunch and discuss criminal justice issues, policy, and emerging trends with members of faculty.

A Geometric Morphometric Approach to Sex Determination of the Human Adult Os Coxa

The os coxae, the two bones that comprise the left and right halves of the pelvic girdle, are the most reliable bones of the adult human skeleton to determine sex and when used alone, can achieve approximately 90% accuracy. Sex determination using the os coxa can be accomplished through visual observation of anthroposcopic characteristics or metric analysis of linear measurements, and both methods have shown high accuracy percentages.

Martin Luther King Day

Mon Jan 18, 2010

University Closed

CMIT To Fund Scholarships for Corrections Personnel

Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), will provide scholarships for personnel in juvenile and adult institutional and community corrections agencies. CMIT will provide tuition costs each year for selected employees accepted into the Masters of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Online/Weekend Programs.

LEMIT Partners with the Law Enforcement Mobile Video Institute

LEMIT is pleased to partner with The Law Enforcement Mobile Video Institute (LEMVI) to offer specialized training to Texas law enforcement on procedural and legal issues of police mobile video recording. LEMVI, a Texas Corporation, has developed the only law enforcement curriculum field-tested in multiple states to address the legal, ethical, and procedural use of in-car mobile video equipment.

Todd Armstrong Leads Project on Anti-Social Behavior

Todd Armstrong is currently working with CJ graduate students Shawn Keller and Scott Macmillan on a project relating autonomic nervous system function to variation in antisocial behavior. This project builds on research findings that measures of autonomic nervous system arousal are consistently related to measures of antisocial behavior, including crime and delinquency. Among this work, an individual's resting heart rate often serves as a measure of autonomic nervous system arousal. Based on a meta analysis of the literature testing the relationship between heart rate level and antisocial behavior, Ortiz and Raine (2004) concluded that "low resting heart rate appears to be the best-replicated biological correlate to date of antisocial and aggressive behavior in children and adolescents" (p. 154).

New Faculty: Leana Bouffard

Dr. Leana Bouffard joined the College as Associate Professor in the fall of 2009. She previously taught at Washington State University, North Dakota State University, and Indiana University. Her research interests include violence against women, police response in domestic violence, sexual aggression among college students, and the effects of parenting on criminal behavior.

Spring 2010 Classes Begin

Wed Jan 13, 2010

Spring 2010 Classes begin

Spring 2010 Registration closes

Tue Jan 12, 2010

Spring 2010 Registration closes

New Faculty: Kate Fox

Dr. Kate Fox joined the College as Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009. She previously taught at the University of Florida. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Criminal Justice, American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Security Journal, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

New Faculty: Dr. William R. King

Dr. William R. King joined the College as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in fall 2009. He earned his Ph.D. (1998) and M.S. (1993) in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He also earned a B.S. (1992) in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Holiday Break

Wed Dec 23, 2009 - Fri 1, 2010

All University offices will be closed.

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