Real Talk w/CJ: Mike Coates, STP Nuclear Operating Company

Real Talk

Learn more about protecting the nuclear industry from terrorism, natural disasters, and cyberattacks from Mike Coates of STP Nuclear Operating Co. on Sept. 22.

Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Ami Pedahzur

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Ami Pedahzur

The Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism

Beto Chair Lecture Series
The Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism
Fri Oct 29, 2016
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Prison Visitation Linked to Reduction in Recidivism, Study Shows

Inmates who received prison visitation were less likely to re-offend after release when compared to offenders who did not receive visits, according to a meta-analysis study by researchers at Sam Houston State University.

Teaching Community Policing Abroad

For the last seven years, Dr. Phillip Lyons has been working with law enforcement officers in Central America to teach them the basics of community policing as a strategy in their efforts to combat gang violence plaguing the region.

Dr. Menard Advances Criminal Justice Studies with Statistics

Dr. Scott Menard taught a lot of people to use statistics to address crime and victimization issues involving juvenile delinquency, mental health, socio-economic status, substance abuse, and false accusations, to name a few.

Student Awarded National Congressional Internship

Senior Alvin Casimere will be steeped in history this fall in the hallowed halls of Congress.

Impaired Driving Training Targets Remote Texas Counties

Law enforcement officers in remote areas of Texas will receive training on detecting drunk and drugged drivers through a special grant awarded to the Impaired Driving Initiatives program at Sam Houston State University.

Criminal Justice Welcome Week (Aug. 29 - Sept. 1)

Welcome Week

Join us for Welcome Week.
Faculty Meet and Greet
August 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CJ Lobby

Movie Night "The Battle of Algiers" with Dr. Nadav Morag
August 30, 4:30 p.m.
CJ Courtroom

Student Organization Fair
August 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CJ Lobby

Internships 101
September 1, 1 p.m.
CJ Courtroom

Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester!
CJ Welcome Week (August 29 – September 1)

CJ Advisor Finds Calling in Higher Education

Brian Howard has taken the University’s motto to heart throughout his academic career at Sam Houston State University and now he wants to pass that lesson on to current students at the College of Criminal Justice.

Immigration Status May Act as Protective Factor in Sentencing

Offenders with federal immigration detainers received significantly shorter sentences in state courts than those that did not face deportation, except in cases involving life or death sentences, researchers found.

College Graduates Nearly 250 at Summer Commencement

Nearly 250 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice on Aug. 5, including an estimated 176 undergraduates and 67 graduate students. The Commencement Ceremony was held at The Woodlands Church Campus because of ongoing construction at the Johnson Coliseum.

Book Relives Glory Days of Texas Prison Rodeo

Dr. Mitchel Roth will read excerpts from Convict Cowboys: The Untold Story of the Texas Prison Rodeo at the Texas Prison Museum on Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m.

For 55 years, Huntsville held, what was at one time the largest sporting event in the state, the Texas Prison Rodeo starring the most unlikely of sports heroes – Texas prison inmates.

Becoming a Texas Game Warden

Justin Amundson spent his summer working side-by-side with Texas Game Wardens in Harris and Waller counties.

STAFS Provides Hands-on Learning in Anthropology, Biology

Sierra Smith assisted with trainings and research during her internship at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility.

Smith, who hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in biology or anthropology, served as an intern at STAFS, one of only six body farms in the U.S. for the study of forensic anthropology. Over the summer, she aided law enforcement officers and teachers in crime scene investigation training; recovered and prepared human remains for use in forensic classes; and conducted research for a study on sharp force trauma, which she hopes to present at the American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in February.

“This internship is great,” said Smith. “I got hands-on experience that I could not have gotten in the classroom.”
Smith attended her first class at STAFS in her sophomore year at Sam Houston State University and soon was hooked. She has taken many more courses from STAFS Director Dr. Joan Bytheway.

“At first, it is really overwhelming,” said Smith. “There is a lot to learn. But I jumped in with both feet, and I love it.”

Smith assisted in recovering human remains, which are used in forensic classes and trainings, from the research field after skeletonization. To do so, Smith thoroughly cleared the of site of all vegetation and collected and photographed the bones. The bones can provide unique information on individuals, such as age, sex, height and ancestry, and often display pathologies or anomalies that were not previously known.

“It has been great for me and expanded my knowledge about the body donation program,” said Smith. “We have a large and diverse collection. It is great to see such diversity, and it is a great teaching tool. It is giving me hands-on experience. These are some of the things I may encounter in this field.”

STAFS is a willed-body donation facility which conducts research that can be used by professionals in the field to help solve criminal cases and to develop the skills of future crime scene investigators. The facility teaches undergraduate and graduate students how to conduct quality research, and present and publish results which may impact the medical, scientific, and judicial communities. STAFS also participates in interdisciplinary studies, collaborating with other departments at Sam Houston State University as well as other higher education institutions such as Texas A & M and the University of Houston.

Because of her internship, Smith is expected to graduate from Sam Houston State University in the Fall in just five semesters. She plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Texas A & M.

Witnessing the Practice of Law

Graciela Garcia said her textbooks and classroom lessons came to life this summer in the Walker County Courthouse.

Intern Protects Evidence at Freeport Police Department

Senior Robert Parsley got an in-depth lesson in processing evidence during his internship with the Freeport Police Department.

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