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

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.

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