LEMIT Delivers Model Eyewitness ID Policy for Texas

Illustration of two men pointing at a live police lineup.

A model policy that will serve as a resource for Texas law enforcement agencies on eyewitness identification procedures was delivered to departments across the state by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University.

New SHSU Graduate is Working on The Hill

Justin Davidson served his time on “The Hill” as an intern for two Texas Representatives, Mac Thornberry and Kevin Brady. In December, he landed a job as a full-time staff member in Washington, D.C.

College of Criminal Justice Fulfills Christmas Wishes

Faculty and staff from the College of Criminal Justice pose with presents under the Colleges Christmas Tree
Faculty and staff from the College of Criminal Justice helped two families from SAAFE House celebrate Christmas.

For the second year in a row, the College of Criminal Justice helped make Christmas extra special for deserving families in Huntsville.

Online Masters Graduate Tosses Hat(s) into Criminal Justice

Ian “Buddy” Lovestock, who graduated in December from the Online Master in Leadership and Management program, is bringing his interest in policing across the globe to the Criminal Justice Center.

Criminal Justice Holds Commencement for 247

CJ Graduate Shanntel White celebrates with her family at the Criminal Justice Reception.
CJ Graduate Shanntel White (r) celebrates with her family at the Criminal Justice Reception.

Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, graduated nearly 250 students in December, including five new Ph.D.s.

Beto Lecture: Protecting Human Rights Through Good Policing Practices

Dr. Jack Greene of Northeastern University will discuss "Policing for Human Rights: If not us, who? If not now, when?" as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Feb 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Center.

Interns Put Violent Criminal Aliens on ICE

As interns with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Houston, Esther Boyd and Kristopher Sanchez helped keep illegal aliens who are repeat violent offenders off the streets.

Research Team Studies Expedited DUI Courts

Expedited court cases for DUI offenses reduced the numbers of cases filed, but it didn’t decrease the number of alcohol-rated collisions, two researchers at Sam Houston State University found.

Army Lt. Trains Close to Home in Florida Police Department

SHSU Intern Leo Correa takes a bite from Mark of the K-9 Unit
SHSU Intern Leo Correa takes a bite from Mark of the K-9 Unit.

Leo Correa went to Florida for his criminal justice internship, serving in a suburban police department 20 miles outside Orlando.

Analyzing the Biosocial Origins of Antisocial Behavior

Dr. Brian Boutwell, an Assistant Professor in the College of Criminal Justice, is working to unlock the mysteries surrounding the role that genetics and environmental influences play on criminal and antisocial behavior.

Dye Living the Dream as Grand Prairie Police Chief

Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye believes in community policing and, in his short five months on the job, he is promoting programs that unite law enforcement and citizens.

Forensic Research Extends Detection of Cyanide Poisoning

Dr. Chi-Chung (Jorn) Yu is studying a new biomarker for cyanide poisoning, which may extend its detection window in death investigations by weeks if not months.

Unless cyanide is found at the time of death on the mouth or nose, elevated cyanide concentration can only be found for up to two days under current toxicological testing. Dr. Yu and his colleagues have found a substance that appears in the liver following cyanide poisoning that could serve as a stable biomarker for a longer period of time.

Dr. Armstrong Elected Fellow to the Academy of Experimental Criminology

Dr. Todd Armstrong joined the Fellows of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC). The AEC recognized distinguished scholars who have successful led randomized, controlled or field experiments in criminology.

Dr. Armstrong, an Associate Professor at the College of Criminal Justice, was elected to the elite group of 30 scholars worldwide and was installed on Nov. 16 during the annual meeting of American Society of Criminology. The Fellows include representatives from colleges and professional organizations across the world.

SHSU Ph.D. Grad Heads Training for NYPD

SHSU Alumnus James O’Keefe (Ph.D. ) was recently tapped as a Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department, overseeing education and training for 35,000 sworn officers and 15,000 civilian personnel.

Teaching the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

Alumnus Lloyd Dragoo (MA 98) has combined his passion for law enforcement with his love of teaching in his job as Director of the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy in Alpine.

Students Learn The Value of Good Detective Work

A former Alvin detective who investigated the murder case of a two-year-old girl killed by her father urged criminal justice students to continue to ask questions and use common sense, even when it conflicts with expert opinions.

SHSU Students Test Ethics in Espionage at CIA Seminar

Professor Jim Olson, a senior lecturer at Texas A & M and a former CIA officer, polled Sam Houston State University students about ethical issues in espionage, using the same challenges the U.S. government is facing in gathering intelligence across the globe.

Public Hearing Set on Eyewitness ID Model Policy

A public hearing will be held on Dec. 1 in Austin on a model policy and procedures that can be used by Texas law enforcement for eyewitness identification.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, which was mandated by the Texas Legislature to develop a sample policy, will conduct a question and answer session from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the State Capitol, House Hearing Room E2.030, located in the Capitol Extension. There will be time limits for each question.

All law enforcement agencies in Texas that conduct lineups in the routine performance of an officer’s duty are required to adopt a written policy and procedures on eyewitness identification by Sept. 1, 2012. The proposed model policy, which can be viewed at lemitonline.org or accessed via the Internet from public libraries across the state, was developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and special interest organizations across Texas.

In addition to the public hearing, comments can be submitted via e-mail to lemitresearch@shsu.edu or mailed to Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director, The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University, 1600 Bobby K. Marks Boulevard, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2417 through Nov. 30, 2011.

A map of the Capital Complex and visitor parking is available at http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/Complex.htm.

Special Presentation: Child Abuse & Neglect Class

Child Abuse blocks

Thu., Nov. 17, 2011
2-3:20 P.M.
CJ Lower Auditorium

A special presentation in Dr. Raymond Teske's Child Abuse Class will explore the case of two-year-old Renee Goode of Alvin, who was murdered by her father. The basis for the book To the Last Breath, the program will features Renee's grandmother, Sharon Couch, who doggedly pursued justice for her granddaughter, and Alvin Police Detective Sue Dietrich, who investigated the case and discovered a $50,000 life insurance policy that the father took out on the child.

Interested faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Real Talk w/CJ: Huntsville K9 Officer Blane Rodgers

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tue., Nov. 15, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Blane Rodgers, a SHSU alumnus, wears several hats at the Huntsville Police Department, including K9 Officer, Community Relations Officer and SWAT Team Leader.

Interns Stamp out Drugs and Fraud in the U.S. Mail

Come rain, sleet, snow or hail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service will be stamping out crime in the mail, assisted this fall by two Sam Houston State University students.

Beto Lecture Explores New Theory of African American Offending

African American men, which represents about 6 percent of the American population, account for about 60 percent of the robbery arrests in the United States. Why?

Two leading scholars, Drs. James D. Unnever of the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and Shaun L. Gabbidon of Penn State Harrisburg, set out to answer that question and published A Theory on African-American Offending: Race, Racism, and Crime. The researchers presented their ground-breaking theory that the glaring disparities in offending patterns are related to the unique history of African Americans and their present racial subordination at the Beto Chair Lecture Series at the College of Criminal Justice.

Real Talk with Huntsville K-9 Officer

Huntsville Police Officer Blane Rodgers does more than just aid his own community. He also uses his well-trained drug dog to help decrease the transfer of drugs in town and down the IH 45 corridor.

Special Presentation: Child Abuse & Neglect Class

Child Abuse blocks

Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
2-3:20 P.M.
CJ Lower Auditorium

A special presentation in Dr. Raymond Teske's Child Abuse Class will include prosecutors in a Houston case involving the sexual mutilation of a five-week-old baby. Scheduled to appear are Assistant District Attorneys Debra and Denise Oncken and Tammy Thomas, who will take students through a step-by-step overview of the case, prosecution and sentencing.

Interested faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Recent Publications by Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni of the College of Criminal Justice

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

Beto Chair Lecture: Drs. James Unnever and Shaun L. Gabbidon

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Fri Nov 4, 2011
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
CJ Courtroom
Criminal Justice Center

Dr. James D. Unnever, Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State University, Harrisburg, will present "A Theory of African American Offending."

LEMIT Seeks Comment on Eyewitness ID Model Policy

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas is seeking public comment on a model policy on the use of eyewitness identification procedures by law enforcement in Texas.

Scholarship Turns Tragedy into Hope

When Jim and Joy Triplett lost their daughter, Sarah Janine Cleary, in a double homicide in Montgomery County in 1997, they established an endowment in her memory at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice and in honor of their son, Michael Griffin Cleary, then a senior criminal justice major at the College.

Real Talk w/CJ: Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Service

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tue., Oct. 25, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

NCIS Agent is Jack-of-All Trades

NCIS Special Agent Chad Willie, a 1995 SHSU alumnus, covers felony investigations in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps over an eight-state area.

As a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) in Memphis covering eight states, Chad Willie has to develop an expertise in a lot of different specialties.

Vietnamese Police Get Professional Training at LEMIT

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas hosted its first professional development program for high-ranking police officials from the Ministry of Public Security in Vietnam.

Alumnus Creates “Truancy Guys” to Close Gateway to Delinquency

They’re called the “Truancy Guys.”

The brainchild of Dennis McAfee, the Juvenile Outreach Coordinator for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the Truancy Abatement Program began 13 years ago with a mission to keep kids in school. The program, which reached 24,000 students in the 2010-2011 school year, includes an education component for students, teachers and administrators; home visits; curfew checks; and truancy sweeps.

Students Witness Innocence in Death Row Cases

Five former Death Row inmates, who were exonerated from their crimes, visited Sam Houston State University to provide insight on the criminal justice system to future law enforcement, corrections and legal professionals.

Exploring Careers in Diplomatic Security

When Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad recently met Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in New York to discuss issues surrounding a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, Paul Davies was at the center of it all.

High School Teachers Get Lessons in Forensics

High school teachers from across the state gathered at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) to learn about the latest tools for teaching forensic science in the classroom.

Study Abroad Trips Planned to Italy, China, UK in 2012

The College of Criminal Justice is offering a world full of opportunities for students to study criminal justice in other countries through Study Abroad programs in 2012.

Detecting "Bath Salt" Designer Drugs

In October 2011 the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Forensic Science Foundation (FSF) funded a capstone project proposal in the Master of Forensic Science Program to investigate the designer drugs known as “Bath Salts” (beta-keto-amphetamines or BKAs).

SHSU Homecoming Game

Sat., Oct. 15, 2011
2 p.m.
Bowers Stadium
Huntsville

Join the College of Criminal Justice for sausage on a stick and soft drinks at its Tailgating Party before the big game! Kickoff for SHSU vs. Nicholls State begins at 2 p.m.!

To learn more about the game and to purchase tickets, visit GOBEARKATS.COM

Studying Risk Factors for Female Victimization on Texas College Campuses

According to recent research, 15 to 30 percent of women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college careers. Similarly, property crime and personal victimization remains a concern on college campuses.

To highlight prevention, the Crime Victims’ Institute recently released findings from a study that investigated the impact of students’ daily routine activities and levels of self-control on personal, property crime, and sexual assault victimization.

Two SHSU P.D. Students Earn Graduate Research Awards

Two Ph.D. students from the College of Criminal Justice earned awards from the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) in a graduate student paper competition.

Robin D. Jackson was presented first place and Youngoh Jo took second place in the competition for research papers. Jackson’s paper was “Social bonds and nonmedical prescription drug use by adolescents,” and Jo’s was "The stability of self-control: Hirschi's redefined self-control."

“The two prizes awarded to Sam Houston State University graduate students not only reflects well on our two students, but the faculty that have mentored them and our College as a whole,” said Dr. Will Oliver.

The Southwest Association of Criminal Justice is a regional affiliate of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, one of two major professional organizations in the field. Its membership includes institutions and agencies from across the country. The organizations recently held its annual meeting in College Station, Texas.

Jackson submitted her paper on nonmedical prescription drug use by adolescents and social bonds. The paper found that recent trends indicate an increase in the use of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes by adolescents. Previous research indicates that prescription drug abuse along with marijuana use is greater than the prevalence of other illicit drug use. Additionally, some studies indicate that a correlation exists between illicit drug use and nonmedical use of prescription drugs by adolescents.

Despite these findings, few studies exploring the use of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes exist in criminal justice literature. An even smaller amount examines the relationship between criminological theory and the nonmedical use of prescription drugs by adolescents. The current study utilizes the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to examine the relationship between all four social bonds and nonmedical prescription drug use among adolescents.

Findings from the study provide partial support for social bonding theory and additional support for demographic trends related to nonmedical prescription drug use. Adolescents and young adults with strong attachments to parents and school as well as high involvement with school related activities are less likely to report nonmedical prescription drug use. Females are more likely than males to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and a correlation exist between alcohol consumption and nonmedical prescription drug use by adolescents, yet no correlation exists for other illicit drug use.

Jackson said the she initially did the paper for a class last spring. “I was not expecting to win,” said Jackson. “ I am proud to represent Sam Houston State University.” Jo examined the stability of self-control in his research paper. According to his abstract, Gottfredson and Hirschi’s self-control theory has been rigorously tested and received consistent support for strong low self-control-deviance relationship, while one of the fundamental premises of the theory, stability of self-control, has not been fully investigated.

Using Hirschi’s (2004) redefinition of self-control, this study examines the stability thesis. A recent longitudinal national data of South Korean youths with ages ranging from 14 to 18 is used for this purpose. Correlation analysis reveals moderate relationships among self-controls for five years. Gender differences in self-control are significant and consistent, while the differences in self-control between offender and non-offender vary across different time points. Finally, the results of growth mixture modeling show that group differences in self-control change rather than being stable. Overall, the study provides weak support for self-control stability. The implications of these findings are discussed. Jo thanked Dr. Todd Armstrong for inspiring his paper.

“I thank Dr. Todd Armstrong for providing a great class where I learned a lot about criminological theory and got the idea of this paper,” Jo said.

Jo said this was his first time attending SWACJ and he found the presentations “thoughtful, interesting and professionally useful.”

“The relatively smaller group of attendees than national conferences not only facilitated robust discussions during the program, but also provided a relaxed atmosphere conducive to networking during the luncheon and breaks,” Jo said. “Especially, I was amazed by so many active Sam graduates in academia, which made me proud of studying at Sam.“

Battle of the Piney Woods

Sat., Oct. 8, 2011
2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX

Sam Houston State University takes on Stephen F. Austin University for the Battle of the Piney Woods in Reliant Stadium. Join the College of Criminal Jutice Tailgating at the SHSU area before the game!

To learn more about the game and to purchase tickets, visit GOBEARKATS.COM

Harris County Grand Jury Visits STAFS “Body Farm,” Crime Lab

Members of the Harris County Grand Jury, District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Fire Department Arson Squad recently visited the Regional Crime Lab and Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility at Sam Houston State University.

Real Talk w/CJ: Mary Lewis, Office of Inspector General USDA

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tue., Oct. 4, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Weimer Chief Upgrades Small Town Policing

When Bill Livingston became Chief of the Weimar Police Department in 1993, officers had to go to the repair shop to pick up patrol cars – and hope that they made it through a shift . The department operated out of a tiny office in City Hall.

SHSU Students Aid in Montgomery County Body Search

A group from SHSU recently assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Sam Houston State Forest in a search for human remains.

Ten criminal justice and forensic science students from Sam Houston State University recently assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in a real-life search for human remains in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Terrorism Expert Joins College of Criminal Justice

A pioneering expert on international terrorism joined the College of Criminal Justice as a visiting professor.

Scholarships Open Doors of Opportunity

Sam Houston State Senior Katrina Caldwell-Russell sees a bright future ahead in the criminal justice field with a federal agency, as a victim counselor or perhaps by combating identity theft. But the best part of all is that she will start her career in May debt-free.

Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Case of Wrongly Convicted Death Row Inmate

Dr. Michael S. Vaughn, director of the College of Criminal Justice Ph.D. program, recently discussed the case of John Thompson, a innocent death row inmate who was convicted of murder and imprisoned for 18 years, during a Constitution Day celebration at Sam Houston State University.

Directors Appointed for Online, Masters Programs

To address the growth in graduate and online programs, Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice, recently named Dr. Gaylene Armstrong as Director of the Masters Program and Tessalyn Johnson as Director of E-Learning.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Charles R. Tittle

Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Criminal Justice Center

Dr. Charles R. Tittle, a distinguished sociologist specializing in criminology, will provide the first Beto Lecture of the Fall semester on "The Uses of, and Technology for, International Surveys." Tittle is the Goodwin-Glaxo Wellcome Professor of Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. He is best known for his research on crime, deviance and social control.

University Mourns Passing of Dr. James Barrum

Dr. James Barrum, an Associate Professor at the College of Criminal Justice from 1969-2009 and a former Internship Coordinator, lived the University motto “The Measure of a Life is its Service.”

LEMIT Targets Program for Officers in Crisis

Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill will serve as a peer mentor during a new LEMIT program to help officers after tramatic incidents. McNeill is pictured with Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director of LEMIT, who is initiating the program in Texas.

After Ector County Sheriff Sgt. Steven McNeill was shot in the head in a standoff with a domestic terrorist in West Odessa in September 2010, he wanted to get back to work and return to “normal.”

Drug Court Professionals Seek CMIT Services

The Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) recently joined a growing number of international, national and state associations that use the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT)for secretariat services.

The TADCP is a non-profit organization whose objective is to reduce substance abuse and crime by establishing, and funding drug courts through collaborative community efforts. CMIT will provide administrative and logistical support for the organization, such as managing its membership and upcoming 2011 Annual Drug Court Training Program in October in Dallas.

Real Talk w/CJ: Charles Andrews, First Data Corp.

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tue., Sept. 13, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Charles Andrews, Director of Security & Investigations at First Data Corp. USA_ Telecheck, will discuss his 30 year career in law enforcement, corporate security, business risk and consulting.

Recent Publication by SHSU Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni

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

**Akyuz, K. & Armstrong, T. (2011). Understanding the sociostructural correlates of terrorism in Turkey. International Criminal Justice Review, 21(2), 134-155.

Benson, M.L., Alarid, L.F.**, Burton, V.S. & Cullen. F.T. (2011). Reintegration or stigmatizations? Offenders expectations of community re-entry. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication.

Bouffard, J.A. & Bouffard, L.A. (2011). What works (or doesn’t) in a DUI court? An example of expedited case processing. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39(4), 320-328.

Bouffard, L. A. & Bouffard, J.A. (2011). Understanding men’s perceptions of risks and rewards in a date rape scenario. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(4), 626-645.

Bucheli, S.R., Bytheway, J.A., Gangitano, D.A. (2010). Necrophagous caterpillars provide human mtDNA evidence. Journal of Forensic Science, 55(4):1130-1132.

*Cihan, A. and Wells, W. (2011). Citizens’ opinions about police discretion in criminal investigations. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 34(2), 347-362.

Del Carmen, R.V., **Nolasco, C.A., and Vaughn, M. S. ( 2011).What Herring hath wrought: An analysis of Post-Herring cases in the federal courts. American Journal of Criminal Law, 38(2), 221-262.

Kim, H.J & Gerber, J. (2010). Evaluating the process of a restorative justice conference: An examination of the factors that lead to reintegrative shaming. Asia Pacific Journal of Police & Criminal Justice, 8(2), 1-19.

King, W.R., Cihan, A.*, and Heinonen, J. (2011). The reliability of police employee counts: Comparing FBI and ICMA data 1954-2008. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication.

Knight, K.E. (2011). Assortative mating and partner influence on antisocial behavior across the life course. Journal of Family Theory and Review. Advance online publication.

Lee, H.Y. & Gerber, J. (2009). "We just do what we think is right. We just do what we are told:" perceptions of crime and justice of North Korean defectors. Asia Pacific Journal of Police & Criminal Justice, 7(1), 21-48

Lindgren, N.K., Bucheli, S.R., Archambeault, A. D. & Bytheway, J. A. (2011). Exclusion of forensically important flies due to burying behavior by the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) in southeast Texas. Forensic Science International, 204(1-3), e1-e3.

Marion, N. E. & Oliver, W. (2012). The public policy of crime and criminal justice edition 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

**Morris, R. G., Gerber, J. and Menard, S. (2011). Social bonds, self-control, and adult criminality: A nationally representative assessment of Hirschi’s revised self-control theory Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(6), 584-599.

Munoz, A., Gangitano, D.A., Smith, C.P., Boone, T.B., and Somogyi, G.T. (2010). Removal of urothelium affects bladder contractility and release of ATP but not release of NO in rat urinary bladder. BMC Urology, 10:10.

Pratt, T.C., Gau, J.M. and Franklin, T.W. (2011). Key ideas in criminology and criminal justice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Roth, M. (2011). A history of crime and punishment: Readings and documents in criminal justice. University Readers Inc.

Souryal, S.S. (2011). Ethics in criminal justice: In search of the truth edition 5. Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing

**Trulson, C.R., Caudill, J.W., Belshaw, S.H. & DeLisi, M. (2011). A problem of fit: extreme delinquents blended sentencing, and the determinants of continued adult sanctions. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 22(3), 263-284.

**Trulson, C.R., Delisi, M. & Marquart, J.W. (2011). Institutional misconduct, delinquent background, and rearrest frequency among serious and violent delinquent offenders. Crime & Delinquency, 57(5), 709-731.

Ward, J.T., Nobles, M.R., Lanza-Kaduce, L., Levett, L.M. & Tillyer, R. (2011). Caught in their own speed traps: The intersection of speed enforcement policy, police legitimacy and decision acceptance. Police Quarterly, 14 (3), 251-276.

Wells, W., Ling, W. and Ye, X. (2011). Patterns of near-repeat gun assaults in Houston. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Advance online publication.

Wells, W. & Wu, Ling (2011). Proactive policing effects on repeat and near-repeat shootings in Houston. Police Quarterly, 14(3). 289-319.

Wynne, S.L. & Joo, H.J.. (2010) Predictors of School Victimization: Individual, Familial, and School Factors. Crime & Delinquency 57, 458-488.

Youstin, T.J, Nobles, M.R., Ward, J.T. and Cook, C.L. (2011) Assessing the generalizability of the near repeat phenomenon. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(10), 1042-1063.

Zhao, J., Lai, Y.L.*, Ren, L. and Lawton, B. (2011). The impact of race/ethnicity and quality-of-life policing on public attitudes toward racially biased policing and traffic stops. Crime & Delinquency. Advance online publication.

Bold: Faculty
*: Graduate Student
**: Alumni

Serving Juvenile Offenders with Mental Health Issues

Patricia Cantu-Barrios at work in the Cameron County Juvenile Probation Office.
Patricia Cantu-Barrios at work in the Cameron County Juvenile Probation Office.

Patricia Cantu-Barrios is only one of about 36 juvenile probation officers in the state to specialize in mental health cases.

As a certified probation officer with Cameron County Juvenile Probation in Brownsville, Cantu-Barrios has a specialized caseload of 15 juveniles from ages 10 to 17 with mental health issues. In addition to providing traditional probation services, she also works with Tropical Texas Behavioral Health on medication management and on assessing and stabilizing the youth as well as protecting the public.

CMIT Trains Native American Correctional Managers

The latest class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas recently hosted the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal correctional managers from 10 states for a national training on jail leadership and succession planning.

SHSU Alumni Lead Military Prisons

Doug Dretke, Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (center) greets Peter Grande (left), retired lieutenant colonel and Chief of State at the Military Corection Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,  and Major Andrew Deaton (right), Battalion Commander of the 40th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) (Rear) (Provisional) at the American Correctional Associations' Military Reception in August.
Doug Dretke, Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (center) greets Peter Grande (left), retired lieutenant colonel and Chief of State at the Military Corection Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Major Andrew Deaton (right), Battalion Commander of the 40th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) (Rear) (Provisional) at the American Correctional Associations' Military Reception in August.

Two Sam Houston State University graduates are among the top staff at two military prisons at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, home of the United States Disciplinary Barracks(USDB), the only maximum security correctional facility for all branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF), a minimum/medium custody prison.

Grooming Security Managers with Internships

Three SHSU students, Justin Neuneker, Ana Mendez and Matthew Thomas (l to r), recently completed an internship in private security at G4S in Houston
Three SHSU students, Justin Neuneker, Ana Mendez and Matthew Thomas (l to r), recently completed an internship in private security at G4S in Houston.

Three Sam Houston State University graduate students got an insider’s view of the diverse opportunities available in private security during internships at G4S Secure Solutions (USA) in Houston, the world’s largest international security solutions group.

Intern Finds Future Career in Crime Stoppers

Gregory Clark Jr. at Crime Stoppers of Houston Gregory Clark Jr. turned a summer internship at Crime Stoppers of Houston into a part-time job and a future career opportunity that combines law enforcement and community relations.

"I want to go back and get my Master’s degree and continue to work with Crime Stoppers," said Clark. "It gives me a chance to work with the community hands-on, to answer their questions and come up with solutions to make their community safer, their apartments safer and their areas safer."

Crime Victim Services Alliance Meeting

Logo for Drime Victim Service Alliance include Lady Justice, organization name and motto Putting Control Back in the Hands of Victims

Wed Aug. 31, 2011
Thu Sept. 1, 2011
2 P.M.
Friel Room
Criminal Justice Center

Come to the Fall 2011 Informational Meetings. For more information, contact Molly Smith: Msmith@shsu.edu.

Phi Alpha Delta Meet and Greet

Phi Alpha Delta logo

Fri, Aug. 29, 2011
6 - 7 P.M
Lowman Student Center
Room 302

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Informational Meeting

Lambda Alpha Epsilon

Mon-Fri, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2011
5 P.M. or 9 P.M.
CJava Cafe

CJ Students Discover the World of Criminal Justice

SHSU Student met with police cadets from Zhejiang Police College in China.
SHSU Students met with police cadets from Zhejiang Police College in China.

Students from Sam Houston State University spent their summer vacations learning about criminal justice in China, Germany, Austria and Italy.

CJ Graduates First New Online Masters Cohort

Graduates of the new online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management pose before Commencement on Aug. 6.
Graduates of the new online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management pose before Commencement on Aug. 6.

Graduates of the new online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management met for the first time on Aug. 6 after two years of debating, learning and sharing via the computer and Internet.

CJ College Offers Six Student Organizations

Student organizations are available at Parent's Weekend and the Criminal Justice Open House.
Student organizations are available at Parent's Weekend and the Criminal Justice Open House.

Whether planning a career in criminal justice, victim services, forensic science or the law, the College of Criminal Justice has a student organization to help you get there.

College Adds New Bachelor’s in Victim Studies

Police officer hugging child

The College of Criminal Justice recently expanded its degree programs with a new bachelor of science in victim studies.

Intern Fights Drunk Driving in Courts

SHSU Intern Tasha Arevalo stands in front of a MADD poster bearing the photos of victims lost to drunken driving.
SHSU Intern Tasha Arevalo stands in front of a MADD poster bearing the photos of victims lost to drunken driving.

As a court monitor, Senior Tasha Arevalo got to see the real life world of Harris County courtrooms from the inside during her internship with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Southeast Texas.

SHSU Studies GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders

An ankle monitor and tracking device

The use of GPS technology to monitor sex offenders should be viewed as a tool rather than a control mechanism, a team of researchers at Sam Houston State University found in a recent study.

Forensic Science Educator Training

Undergraduate Research Conference

Due to insufficient enrollment, Sam Houston State University is unable to present the Forensic Science Educators Training on Aug. 8-11. The program is expected to return in the Summer of 2012. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and hope to see you next year.

Aug 8-11, 2011
Chemistry & Forensic Science Bldg

Hosted by:
The Forensic Science Program at Sam Houston State University

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.

7 New Ph.D.s Added to Alumni Roles; Inaugural Masters Online Class Graduates

The Summer 2011 Ph.D. graduates from the College of Criminal are (l to r) Drs. Randa Embry, Kadir Akyuz, Hoon Lee, Napoleon Reyes, Claire Nolasco, Natalia del Rocio Tapia Mansilla and Alicia Deal.
The Summer 2011 Ph.D. graduates from the College of Criminal are (l to r) Drs. Randa Embry, Kadir Akyuz, Hoon Lee, Napoleon Reyes, Claire Nolasco, Natalia del Rocio Tapia Mansilla and Alicia Deal.

A total of 176 students earned bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice during the Summer Commencement ceremony on August 6.

Game Wardens Protect Wildlife and the Public

Texas Parks and Wildlife Warden Badge

Game Warden Dornell Crist witnessed 90 pound alligator gar and 60 pound catfish on the Trinity River and retrieved a 10.5-foot alligator run over on Interstate 45. He also has seen “humongous” deer and rescued bald eagles.

ASIS Houston Welcomes Scholarship Winners

SHSU Scholarship winners and their guests were recently honored by the Houston Chapter of ASIS. Pictures from left to right Cody Wortham, Garrett Samples, Craig Furrow, Lauren Smith, Dr. Jim Dozier and Jennifer Shearer.
SHSU Scholarship winners and their guests were recently honored by the Houston Chapter of ASIS. Pictures from left to right Cody Wortham, Garrett Samples, Craig Furrow, Lauren Smith, Dr. Jim Dozier and Jennifer Shearer.

Graduate students in Security Studies from Sam Houston State University were recently honored during a monthly meeting of the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security.

Incorporating Victims in Community Policing

Stamp of Police Office holding a child's hand with the word Law and Order

Community policing can enhance services to crime victims by working with victim advocacy groups and by incorporating victims into neighborhood watch programs or police-citizen partnerships, according to a recent report from the Crime Victims’ Institute authored by Dr. Willard M. Oliver of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Institute Reviews Texas' DWI Laws

With Texas leading the nation in alcohol-related crashes and fatalities, the Crime Victims' Institute recently reviewed the state’s laws on alcohol impaired driving and recommended a broader use of ignition interlock devices, sobriety checkpoints, and mandatory education and treatment programs for first-time offenders.

Security Student Serves with Polish National Police

Military officers guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Poland.
Military officers guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Poland.

Michael Knighton learned about the Polish National Police from those who know it best: the officers that patrol the streets and the instructors that teach recruits in Poland.

Resource Center Focuses on Jail Leadership

With many senior and mid-level administrators reaching retirement age, American jails are facing a crisis. To address the challenge, Sam Houston State University, along with several national corrections partners, developed a resource center for jail leadership and succession planning.

Dr. Knight Joins Criminal Justice Faculty

New Faculty Member Dr. Kelly Knight believes in volunteering in the community, which included working with rescued horses in Colorado.
New Faculty Member Dr. Kelly Knight believes in volunteering in the community, which included working with rescued horses in Colorado.

A new faculty member will join the College of Criminal Justice in the fall.

Club Offers Self Defense for Future Officers

Dr. Marcus Gillespie demonstrates a self-defense move on Austin Pomykal during a class for high school students by Martial Arts of Sam Houston.
Dr. Marcus Gillespie (r) demonstrates a self-defense move on Austin Pomykal (l) during a class for high school students presented by Martial Arts of Sam Houston.

In preparing for a career as a U.S. Marshal or as a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, Junior Austin Pomykal wanted to add self-defense to his resume during his studies in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. So he joined a Martial Arts Club.

Intern Helps Protect Texas Nuclear Energy Supply


SHSU Senior Steven Fleuriet is a nuclear security intern with STP Nuclear Operating Company.

Senior Steven Fleuriet of Sam Houston State University spent his summer vacation supporting security at a nuclear power plant in south Texas.

SHSU Team Studies Mental Health Court

Scales of justice and judge's gavel

A team of researchers at Sam Houston State University will evaluate a new mental health court in Montgomery County.

LEMIT to Develop Eyewitness ID Policy

women witnessing a crime

A model policy and training on the use of eyewitness identification procedures by police in Texas will be developed by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston Shines in Angelina County

In Angelina County, Texas, Sam Houston State University graduates make up one-quarter of the probation officers at the Community Supervision and Correction Department.

Faculty Studies Gang Reentry Program

Two faculty members at Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will evaluate the effectiveness of a new gang intervention program in Houston that is designed to reduce recidivism rates among juvenile offenders released from Texas Youth Commission (TYC) facilities.

NCIS Agent Lives Life of Intrigue

As a Ph.D. student at Sam Houston State University, Michael J. Devine worked on a protocol for multi-agency investigative teams for serial murders. He later used that process to help solve the case of the Bedroom Basher, a home-invading serial rapist and murderer who confessed to killing five women and an unborn child in Orange County, CA.

Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation

Jun 20 - 24, 2011
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University in association with the College of Criminal Justice is pleased to offer a one week course:

Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
Designed for High School Teachers

College of Criminal Justice Summer Camps

CCJ Summer Camp logo

Session I: June 19-23
Session II: June 26-29
Session III: July 17-20

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?

College Offers Summer Programs for High School Students/Teachers

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is providing opportunities for Texas high school teachers and students to learn about forensic science and criminal justice at camps and trainings this summer.

Drug Recognition Program Targets Texas Employers

A collage of drug scenarios within a map of Texas

Texas employers will learn about the signs and symptoms of drug impairment among workers at an inaugural program being held at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) June 14. The free, six-hour program will be available to all Texas employers after September 1, 2011.

Memorial Service Honors STAFS Donations

A student lights a candle to honor the 19 families and the loved ones they have donated for scientific research to the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility in Huntsville.
A student lights a candle to honor the 19 families and the loved ones they have donated for scientific research to the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility in Huntsville.

Angela Rippley became interested in forensic science at a young age after the murder of her 25-year old cousin and her unborn baby. The killer was never caught.

Constables Trained in Law Enforcement Management

7th Class of the Texas Constable's Leadership Program.

More than two dozen Constables and their top command staff from throughout Texas recently completed an intensive management training program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

SHSU Launches Dual Degree with Chinese Police College

The Second Cohort from Zhejiang Police College pose with SHSU faculty members during certificate ceremony
The Second Cohort from Zhejiang Police College pose with SHSU faculty members during their certificate ceremony.

Beginning this Summer, the College of Criminal Justice will offer its second dual degree program with Zhejiang Police College (ZPC) in China, adding to opportunities already available at Kyonggi University in Korea.

SHSU Institute Studies Adolescent Sex and Laws

While statutory rape laws have been enacted to protect minors from sexual abuse by adults or peers, more teenagers are engaging in sexual activity before the legal age of consent and are facing sexual assault charges.

Ph.D. Student to Participate in Highly-Selective Research Program

Yi-Fen Monica Lu

A first-year Ph.D. student in the College of Criminal Justice was selected to participate in a preeminent summer training program in quantitative methodologies and technologies of social science research.

SHSU's College of Criminal Justice Graduates 270

The College of Criminal Justice graduated five Ph.D.s, including (l to r) Drs. Wendy Kaye Pollock, Seksan Khruakham, Yung-Lien (Edward) Lai and Jiletta Leeannae Kubena. Not pictured is Kenneth W. Balusek.
The College of Criminal Justice graduated five Ph.D.s, including (l to r) Drs. Wendy Kaye Pollock, Seksan Khruakham, Yung-Lien (Edward) Lai and Jiletta Leeanne Kubena. Not pictured is Dr. Kenneth W. Balusek.

Five students joined the list of Ph.D. graduates from the College of Criminal Justice during the 40th anniversary of the program.

Interns Serve as ‘Eyes and Ears’ for U.S. District Court

SHSU Students Valarie Lott (l)and Kathy Rios (r) recently completed an internship at Pretrial Services in the U.S. District Court in Houston. Rios was offered a job with the agency.
SHSU Students Valarie Lott (l)and Kathy Rios (r) recently completed an internship at Pretrial Services in the U.S. District Court in Houston. Rios was offered a job with the agency.

Graduate Student Valarie Lott and Senior Kathy Rios said they wish they had roller skates to keep up with the volume and myriad of pretrial service work at U.S. District Court in Houston.

Wiggins Discovers Niche Fighting Child Abuse

Alumnus Ashley Wiggins recently returned to a Child Abuse and Neglect class to discuss her work as a forensic interviewer
Alumnus Ashley Wiggins recently returned to a Child Abuse and Neglect class to discuss her work as a forensic interviewer.

Ashley Wiggins turned a victim services class at Sam Houston State University into a career as a forensic interviewer for victims of child abuse and neglect.

Spring 2011 Commencement and Reception

Graduation hat with I Love CJ

Sat., May 14, 2011
9:30 A.M.
Johnson Coliseum
Criminal Justice Center

The Commencement Exercises for the College of Criminal Justice will feature Texas State University System Regent Donna Williams. Williams is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation.

Following the ceremony, the College will host a commencement reception for graduates at CJava Cafe from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Member of The Texas State University System