Alumna Named First Beto Scholar in 20 Years

Beto Scholar

Alumnus Dr. Bitna Kim is the first Beto Chair Scholar in Residence in 20 years and will spend the spring semester teaching, lecturing and conducting research.

Logos for STAFSDr. Bitna Kim, a 2008 Ph.D. graduate, returned to Sam Houston State University this spring as the first Beto Chair Scholar in Residence in the College in about 20 years. Dr. Kim will teach graduate students, provide lectures, and update research on a collaborative program between law enforcement and community corrections.

Criminal Justice Leaders Identify Barriers for Veterans

Representatives from the Texas criminal justice system recently gathered at Sam Houston State University to brainstorm solutions for justice-involved veterans.

College Graduates 275 CJ Majors in December

About 275 criminal justice majors graduated from Sam Houston State University on Dec. 11, including one new Ph.D. and 25 masters’ students.

Project EnCriPT Offers Environmental Training in Northwest

Project EnCriPT recently took its program on the road to Missoula, Montana to train tribal, state, and local officials on environmental and wildlife enforcement.

Campus Responses to Sexual Assaults, Violence

Campus Sexual Assault

The Crime Victims’ Institute looks at official responses to sexual assaults on college campuses.

To address concerns over sexual violence on college campuses, higher education institutions are required to appoint a Title IX Coordinator to investigate incidents, but few are trained to deal with the broad range of offenses the job entails, a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) found.

Professionals Gather to Aid Justice-Involved Veterans

Representatives from the Texas criminal justice system recently gathered at Sam Houston State University to brainstorm solutions for justice-involved veterans.

Can Prison Visitation Reduce Recidivism?

A study funded by the National Science Foundation will explore if prison visitation can help reduce recidivism rates and whether there are gender, racial, and ethnic differences in these patterns.

Optimizing DNA Testing in Missing Person Cases

Missing Persons

Sheree Hughes-Stamm is investigating a new method to extract DNA from decomposed or skeletal remains.

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop and test the best possible sample preparation methods for skeletal and decomposing human remains using emerging next generation DNA technology to identify missing persons or victims of mass disasters.

Alumnus Is Banking on a Successful Career

Logos for STAFSAlumnus Wayne Gonzales has spent his career in the banking and financial industries, mostly recently protecting a payment processing firm from internal and external risks.

Alumna Finds Career at International Law Firm

Practicing Law

Alumna Ayomide Shittu achieved her dream by getting a job in a top Houston law firm.

Logos for STAFSAfter graduating from law school in May, Alumna Ayomide Shittu landed her dream job at Thompson & Knight LLC, an international law firm with 11 offices worldwide.

Reflecting on Enrique's Journey

Logos for STAFSFor Claudia Pasantes, this year’s Common Reader – Enrique’s Journey – hit home. Pasantes experienced her own journey from Mexico to the U.S., which led to a long separation from her father.

ACE and Aging: How Students and Elders Help One Another

Protecting Seniors

Dr. Victoria Titterington is bridging the gap between seniors and students in her criminal justice ACE course.

Logos for STAFSAs part of his class on Aging, Crime and Victimization, senior student Daniel Vazquez recently spent time teaching residents of a senior living facility how to prepare for emergencies using a bingo game.

Intern Aids Law Enforcement in Tracking Fugitives

Logos for STAFSJessica Spencer helped law enforcement officers across Texas keep track of parolees in their communities as part of her internship with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Inspector General.

Working To Become a U.S. Marshal

During his internship with the U.S. Marshals Service, Kadeem Pickett observed the seizure of a cargo ship, the disassembly of approximately 300 guns and 100 cell phones devices, training with the explosive detection canine, and the process that goes into serving civil subpoenas, summons, writs of garnishment, and student loan warrants.

Ph.D. Students Earn Fellowships from NIJ

Forensic Fellows

Three students in the Department of Forensic Science earn Fellowships from the National Institute of Justice in the first year of the Ph.D. program.

In the first year of the Ph.D. program in Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University, three students received National Institute of Justice Fellowship grants to develop new techniques to preserve DNA in tissues and speed up the identification process, for DNA-based identification of marijuana, and for designer drug identification in crime labs.

Real Talk w/CJ: Capt. Kyle Matheson, DPS Criminal Investigation Division

Wed, Jan. 27, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprise nationwide, second only to drugs, and Houston is a hub of activity in sexual exploitation, with domestic and international victims that include children and adults, men and women.

Recent Publications

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

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