Celebrating 50 Years of Service: HIDTA Program Bridges War on Drugs

When Mike McDaniel started as a DEA Agent in 1987, it would take him two months to gather data and call his contacts at local, state and federal agencies to get a narcotics investigation underway.

Now, as Director of the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), McDaniel and the investigators of the HIDTA task forces have 36 law enforcement agencies in 18 counties at their disposal to accomplish the same task in about 30 minutes. As part of a unique partnership with Sam Houston State University, the program also trains and employs 24 intelligence analysts to gather information to guide the coordinated attack against drug trafficking organizations.

College Studies New Prostitution Court

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office recently launched a prostitution prevention program for young adults, and Sam Houston State University will help evaluate the success of the new initiative.

Alumna Is Making a Difference for Victims

Michelle “DeaneĆ©” Moran always knew what she wanted to do with her criminal justice degree from Sam Houston State University: to make a difference in her community.

Webinar: Taking on the Challenges of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

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Fri, Oct 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The College of Criminal Justice will offer a chance to view a national webinar for law enforcement professionals and criminal justice students on how to meet the challenges posed by untested rape kits in police evidence rooms.

Brown Bag: The Ph.D. Decision

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Wed, Oct 29, 2014
3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
Texas Room, Criminal Justice Center

Presented by Dr. Gaylene Armstrong and Dr. Melinda Tasca.

Lawyer Serves SEAL Team in Afghanistan

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Bearkats in Afghanistan include (l-r) Lt. Comm. Eric Pedersen, Lt. Morgan Luttrell, and Lt. Col. Dan Monsiveas.

As a Judge Advocate in the Navy, Alumnus Lt. Commander Eric Pedersen was embedded with Navy SEAL Team TEN in the waining days of American involvement in Afghanistan as the Team's sole legal advisor.

SHSU Alumna Heads National Institute of Justice

Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, a Distinguished Alumna from Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, was appointed by President Barack Obama as the new Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Marvin Krohn

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Fri, Oct 24, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Real Talk w/CJ: James Thomas, Texas Department of Public Safety

Thu, Oct 23, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. King Featured in NIJ Seminar on Firearms Evidence

Dr. William King, Associate Dean of Research and Program Development in the College of Criminal Justice, is featured on a National Institute of Justice online seminar on how law enforcement agencies can better use the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) in criminal investigations involving firearms.

The seminar, Research for the Real World, is based on Dr. King’s study, “Opening the Black Box of NIBIN,” which discusses how NIBIN has been used by law enforcement agencies, the challenges faced by law enforcement in using the technology, and how NIBIN can be more valuable as an investigation tool. The seminar also features ATF Special Agent John Risenhoover.

Examining tool marks left on firearm cartridge cases can help identify when the same firearm was used in other crimes. NIBIN allows police departments and laboratories to add high-quality images of tool marks to a central database in order to help create links between firearms and crimes and provide more information to ongoing investigations. Hits in NIBIN help identify when the same gun was used in other crimes, a process that may offer possible leads, including crimes involving gang ‘community’ guns.

National Association of Black in Criminal Justice Meeting

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Wed Oct 22, 2014
Lowman Student Center, Room 302

Training Institute Debuts for Forensic Science Professionals

The Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is launching a new institute to train professionals to meet the rigors of forensic certification programs and to advance practical research opportunities between academia and crime labs.

Voices Lecture Series: John Bickel, Texas Children's Hospital

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

As a community outreach coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital, John Bickel’s mission is to educate doctors, nurses, police, fire and emergency medical personnel, teachers, child protective services and the public about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.

Victim Services Career Fair

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The College of Criminal Justice will hold a Victim Services Career Fair to introduce students to the diverse job opportunities available in the field. The Career Fair, which will be held in the Criminal Justice Center Lobby, will feature agencies that serve victims in the field.

The College of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare students to work in various setting with victims of crime. The multi-disciplinary degree consists of courses in criminal justice, political science, business, and psychology. The difference between the two degrees is that the BA require foreign language, while the BS requires social science.

The Masters of Science in Victim Service Management is designed to prepare graduates to work in various areas of victim services, including direct service provisions, organizational management and social policy development. The 36-hour, online program is designed so that students can complete the degree in two years by enrolling in two, 15-week course per semester.

Criminal Justice -- Graduate Student Organization General Meeting

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Tue, Oct 14, 2014
3:30 P.M.
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Graduate students from the College of Criminal Justice are invited to a Halloween event, discussion and more(cupcakes will be provided.)

GCJD Fall 2014 Guest Speaker: Shyima Hall

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Tue, Oct. 14, 2014
5:00 - 6:00pm
LSC Ballroom

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern Day Child Slave

When Shyima Hall was eight years old her poverty-stricken Egyptian parents, overwhelmed with close to a dozen children, sold her into slavery. The price? Less than thirty dollars a month.

The wealthy Cairo couple who bought Hall moved to California two years later, and smuggled the little girl into the United States. As a child slave Hall had no friends or family, no emotional support whatsoever. She did not speak a word of English and, after moving to the United States, was thousands of miles and an ocean away from everything that was familiar to her.

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Alumnus Climbs Ladders at ATF, Air National Guard

Alumnus Ron Turk is soaring in his positions with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and in the U.S. Air National Guard.

A 1988 graduate of the College of Criminal Justice, Turk is the Assistant Director of Operations in ATF in Washington, D.C., overseeing all field operations across the country for the federal law enforcement agency. In the U.S. Air National Guard, Col. Turk has been nominated as Brigadier General by the President and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and is actively seeking potential promotion positions. He previously led his troops in protecting the Baghdad Airport during the Iraq War.

Texas Campus Police Tackle Stalking Issue

In 2006, the Sam Houston State University community was significantly impacted by stalking when a 20-year old female student was shot to death by a fellow undergraduate who had stalked her with phone calls, texts and gifts following a brief dating relationship. The stalker, who attempted suicide twice, killed himself after shooting the young woman multiple times at her apartment.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: David W. Crews: A Visionary on a Mission

In mid-1962, shortly after Dr. George J. Beto had become Director of the Texas Department of Corrections, Conroe legislator David W. Crews traveled to Huntsville to meet the new head of the prison system. During their meeting the two men lamented the lack of cooperation between the Texas Department of Corrections and Sam Houston State Teachers College. Dr. Beto recalled during that initial meeting Representative Crews said that he would prefer to see Sam Houston known for a criminology program.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Texas Legislature Approves Bill

House Resolution 469 was enacted on May 17, 1963 by the 58th Texas Legislature creating the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science at Sam Houston State University. The bill was championed by Rep. David Crews of Montgomery.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Meeting

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Wed Oct 8, 2014
Lowman Student Center, Room 302

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Several organizations on and off campus, including the Crime Victims' Institute, the Crime Victim Services Alliance, the Delta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, Angie's Awareness Angels and SAAFE House, will hold a series of events at Sam Houston State University in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Purple Ribbon Distribution
Oct 6-9 and Oct. 20-23
9:00am - 1:00pm
LSC Mall

Luminary Honoring Victims
Wed, Oct 15
6:00 p.m.
Clock Tower, LSC Mall

Shirt Decoration for Clothesline Project
Oct 20-23
10:00am - 2:00pm
LSC Mall

Domestic Violence Documentary
Wed, Oct 22
LSC Theater

Shirt Display for Clothesline Project
Oct 27-30
10:00am - 2:00pm
LSC Mall

Workshop: Thesis/Dissertation/Portfolio FAQS

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Fri, Oct 3, 2014
12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Bates Room, Criminal Justice Center

Presented by Dr. Danielle Boisvert & Friends

CJ Student Organization Ranks 4th in Nation

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) offers one of the largest student chapters in the country for the organization that promote equal justice for all.

SHSU Alumnus Leads Jamaican Police

A recent headline in the Jamaican Observer captured the sentiment of nation: “Say What? A Jamaican commissioner of police with a PhD!”

Dr. Carl McKay Williams (Ph.D. ’14) was named Police Commissioner for the island nation beginning Sept. 14. He will command the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF), which includes a staff of 15,000 to 16,000, including 12,000 sworn officers. The agency is responsible for law and order on the island, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of all criminal laws in the Jamaican penal code.

Career Services Mock Interview Day

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Thu, Oct 2, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm
Career Services, AB-IV

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