Bath Salts Difficult to Detect in Biological Samples

Synthetic cathinones or “Bath salts” continue to be popular among recreational drug users and a new study funded by the National Institute of Justice at Sam Houston State University highlights the challenges associated with the detection of these drugs in biological evidence.

Youth Animal Abuse Linked to Serious Offending, Drug Abuse

Abusing animals during youth is a strong predictor for future problem behaviors, including serious offending, marijuana use, other drug use, and deviant beliefs, according to a recent study at Sam Houston State University.

Campuses Need Safety Planning to Protect Abuse Victims, Study Finds

With up to half of college students experiencing abuse by an intimate partner at least once during their college careers, safety planning should be added to prevention and education programs in higher education, according to a research brief by the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Linking Practitioners to Education and Research

Dr. Randy Garner was appointed as Director of the Division of Professional Justice Studies to link practitioners in various aspects of the criminal justice field with educational and research opportunities available at the College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Kelling To Offer Insight on “Broken Windows” Police Practices

Logos for STAFSOne of the fathers of “broken windows” policing will present the Dr. Larry Hoover Distinguished Lecture Series for professionals in the field at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) on Feb. 16.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. John Paul Wright, University of Cincinnati

Beto Lecture

Dr. John Paul Wright of the University of Cincinnati will discuss the role of ideology in crime and criminal justice on March 18.

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Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. John Paul Wright, University of Cincinnati
“The Crime Delusion: Ideology in the Study of Crime and Justice”
Fri, Mar 18, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. John Paul Wright, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, is a leading scholar in the field of biosocial criminology. His most recent book, Conservative Criminology: A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences, encourages debate on the proper role of ideology in academics and public policy in the field.

Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance

Law Enforcement Fitness

Get tips on fitness and performance during a special presentation by Lt. Greg Davis of the Department of Public Safety.

Special Presentation: Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance
with Lt. Greg Davis, Fitness Wellness Coordinator, DPS
Tue, Mar 15, 2016
CJ Courtroom

The majority of law enforcement agencies require physical fitness tests as part of their job application process and some agencies, like the state of Texas, require all commissioned officers to pass ongoing fitness assessments to remain on the job.

Real Talk w/CJ: Immigration Attorney Emma Cantu

Real Talk w/CJ

Houston Attorney Emma Cantu will discuss immigration law and people facing deportation after fleeing gang violence and poverty in their homelands on April 5.

Emma CantuTue, Apr 5, 2016
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Emma Cantu is an immigration attorney who assists clients facing deportation from the United States.

Online CJ Grad Program Ranks #3 in Nation

Top Online Program

The College of Criminal Justice’s online graduate program is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The online graduate program in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University advanced to third best in the country in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Forensic Botany Uses Plant DNA to Trace Crimes

Forensic Botany

Dr. David Gangitano is taking the lead in a new field of forensic science with his research on marijuana and plant pollen.

Sam Houston State University is advancing the field of forensic botany with the publication of two recent studies that use marijuana DNA to link drug supplies and pollen DNA to aid in forensic investigations.

On the Way to Washington To Advocate for Foster Kids

National Internship

Junior Ivy-Marie Washington was awarded one of 12 Congressional internship to advocate for foster children in the nation’s capital.

Logos for STAFSIvy-Marie Washington grew up in the Texas foster care system, but she is far from a statistic. This summer, she is on her way to Washington, D.C. to tell members of Congress how they can improve the foster care system for other youth.

Real Talk w/CJ: Marty Elkins, DPS Victim and Employee Support Services

Real Talk w/CJ: Marty Elkins, Victim and Employee Support Services
Tues, Feb. 16
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

In 2009, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) implemented an innovative training program to protect children from exploitation on the road.

Dr. Vaughn Selected as the 2016 Fellow for ACJS

A Great Fellow

Dr. Michael Vaughn recently earned a top honor in the field: becoming a Fellow for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Logos for STAFSDr. Michael S. Vaughn of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, a Sam Houston State University Ph.D. Alumnus, was named a Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a prestigious honor bestowed upon only three other faculty in the College of Criminal Justice over the 35-year history of the award.

Get Ready for the CJ Career Fair on March 2

Career Fair

Get ready for the 2016 CJ Career Fair with more than 50 agencies in law enforcement, corrections, victim services and private security.

The annual CJ Career Fair will be held on March 2 to introduce students and alumni to diverse job opportunities in the field and potential employers in federal, state and local agencies; non-profit organizations; and private industry.

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