CJ College Graduates First Forensic Science Ph.D.

The College of Criminal Justice will graduate its first Ph.D. student in Forensic Science, Lindsay Glicksberg, during the December 2017 Commencement ceremony.

International Ph.D. Grads Contribute to American Universities, Research

Over the last two decades, dozens of international students came to Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice to learn. Following graduation, almost half stayed in the U.S. to teach or conduct research.

Faculty/Staff Reach Major Milestones at SHSU

President Dana Hoyt honored faculty and staff from the Criminal Justice Center for their longevity of service to Sam Houston State University during the Annual Meeting.

Hayes Named Researcher of Year by ASC Division of Victimology

Assistant Professor Brittany Hayes of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was named the 2017 Faculty Researcher of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology.

Forensic Science Bridges East and West with DNA Presentations in South Korea

Two Ph.D. students and a faculty member recently traveled to an international conference in South Korea to present their research on new techniques and technology to improve the DNA identification process in missing person cases or mass disasters.

New Web App Helps Officers Respond to Environmental Crises

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) developed a web application for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to help keep law enforcement officers safe when responding to environmental crises in the field.

New Technology Provides Better “INSITE” for Officers into Impaired Driving

The Impaired Driving Initiatives (IDI) Program at Sam Houston State University received a $253,607 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to use new technology to enhance training for officers in administering field sobriety tests.

CMIT’s Hurst Handed Keys of Excellence

Sharese Hurst, a division director for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), was presented the Keys of Excellence for her positive impact on the lives of Orange Keys ambassadors at Sam Houston State University.

Two Undergraduate CJ Students Earn Research Awards

Two criminal justice undergraduates recently captured top student honors at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) conference in Fort Worth.

Security Studies Faculty to Study Civilian Response During Hurricane Harvey

Two faculty members from the Department of Security Studies were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study civilian response during Hurricane Harvey.

LEMIT Launches Lone Star Leadership for Chiefs Nationwide

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is launching a new program, Lone Star Leadership, to offer its outstanding professional development series for police chiefs and command staff to agencies across the country.

Security Studies Offers Study Abroad Program to Poland

The Department of Security Studies will offer its first Study Abroad program in Poland to explore state internal security, state-sponsored terror, and peacetime and wartime insurgency. The course is approved to count as a three hour honor contract.

CMIT to Develop NICER List of International Corrections Experts

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) will serve as a resource center for the U. S. Department of State to identify correctional experts to assist with projects around the globe.

Zhang Tackles Misperceptions of Racial Bias in Policing

Yan Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, was invited to an international conference of crime analysts to present her latest research on racial bias in policing.

New CMIT Research Director Focuses on Partnerships

As the new Research Director at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), Erin Orrick wants to serve as a resource for correctional agencies in Texas and across the country.

What's Your Story?: Criminal Justice Panel

What's Your Story?

Learn about different career options from a panel of professionals, including a federal agent, airport police, victim advocate, and CSI.

What’s Your Story? Criminal Justice Panel Thu, Nov 16 2:00 – 3:20pm CJ Courtroom

Career Services at Sam Houston State University will present a panel of criminal justice professionals during “What’s Your Story?,” a week-long series designed to introduce students to careers available in different fields.

Building Professional Law Enforcement Agencies for Three Decades

Thirty years ago, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) was created by the state legislature to provide professional development opportunities to future law enforcement leaders in the Lone Star State.

Students/Faculty Receive Forensic Science Foundation Grants

Two Ph.D. students and their faculty advisors received grants from the Forensic Science Foundation (FSF) to pursue studies on a screening method to detect fentanyl analogs in blood samples and to develop a quicker and easier way to extract DNA from bone samples.

Swortwood To Investigate Prevalence of Synthetic Opioids

A research team at Sam Houston State University received a $311,000 National Institute of Justice grant to develop a new laboratory test for synthetic opioids and heroin using saliva and to investigate the prevalence of these drugs among prisoners and arrestees.

Recent Publications -- Fall 2017

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

NOHCJ Hosts Mental Health Awareness Panel

Mental Health

The National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice is hosting a panel discussion on mental health issues facing police and the communities they serve.

Mental Health Awareness Panel Discussion
Thu, Nov 9, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Panel Discussion to raise awareness about mental health issues and how they affect criminal justice professionals and the communities they serve.

Beto Chair Lecture: Jose R. Almirall

Beto Lecture

Jose Almirall, a professor at Florida International University, will examine how to standardize forensic practice in the lab for the field.

Beto Chair Lecture: José R. Almirall, Ph.D.
November 10, 2017

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

José R. Almirall, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University (FIU), will present “Physical evidence examinations and comparisons from basic research to standardized forensic practice” as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series.

Roth’s Book Published in Croatian and Turkish

Mitchel Roth’s book on the history of crime and punishment is going global.

SHSU Receives Grants to Study Police Investigations of Child Abuse Cases

To help strengthen the safety net for abused children in Texas, a researcher at Sam Houston State University will investigate the number of child abuse cases reported directly to police and not through the child abuse hotline that are referred to children’s advocacy centers.

Explore Careers in Victim Services on Nov. 1st

Career Fair

The College will host the Victim Studies Career Fair on Nov. 1 for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.

Victim Studies Career
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10am – 2pm
Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Security Studies Student Shines as CERT Volunteer

Last semester, graduate student John Watkins II was certified as a Citizen Emergency Response Team Member (CERT) for Walker County as part of his Crisis Management class. He put his training to good use during Hurricane Harvey.

Help Raise Awareness about Violence Against Women In October

Domestic Violence

Help raise awareness about violence against women during a series of events in October.

The Clothesline Project
Oct. 11, 9am to 2pm (decorate)
Criminal Justice Center, Texas Room
Oct. 18, 9am to 2pm (Rain Date: Oct. 25)
Outside Criminal Justice Center (display)

Documentary and Panel Discussion
“Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America”
Oct 19, 6 – 8pm
Lowman Student Center Theater

Giving Back to the Community During Hurricane Harvey

The Department of Forensic Science found ways to give back to their community by volunteering locally during Hurricane Harvey.

Security Studies’ Professor Witnesses Storm’s Devastation Firsthand

Stepping Up

Natalie D. Baker studied people’s reaction to disaster following Hurricane Katrina. In Hurricane Harvey, she lived it..

Natalie Baker, a new assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies, studied people’s reactions to disaster after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. During Hurricane Harvey, she experienced it firsthand.

Franklin Appointed “Voice for Victims” at the Crime Victims’ Institute

Cortney Franklin was appointed Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University, a research center that studies the impact of crime on victims and society and makes policy recommendations to the Texas Legislature and advocacy groups.

Real Talk w/CJ: Det. Darcus Shorten, Houston Homicide Division

Real Talk w/CJ

Veteran Houston Homicide Det. Darcus Shorten will discuss her work in the division and provide tips on developing a career path to this specialty.

Real Talk w/CJ: Det. Darcus Shorten, Houston Homicide Division
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
2 – 3 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

As a veteran detective in the Houston Police Department Homicide Division, Darcus Shorten investigated many of the city’s murder cases, including the Acres Homes serial rapist and killer.

Beto Chair Lecture: Pamela Wilcox, University of Cincinnati

Beto Chair

Pamela Wilcox of the University of Cincinnati will discuss her research on the link between crime and communities.

Photo of Dr. LyonsBeto Chair Lecture: Pamela Wilcox
School of Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
Oct. 20, 2017
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Pamela Wilcox, a professor of Criminal Justice and a Fellow of the Graduate School in the School of Justice at the University of Cincinnati, will present her latest research on “Communities and Crime: An Enduring American Challenge” as part of the first Beto Chair Lecture of the fall.

Real Talk w/CJ: U.S. Border Patrol

Real Talk w/CJ

Learn about the U.S. Border Patrol, which intercepts criminals, drugs and other contraband coming across the border illegally.

Real Talk w/CJ: U.S. Border Patrol
Tuesday or Thursday, Oct. 5
2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

As a Border Patrol Agent, Alberto De Leon intercepted people, drugs and other contraband coming across the border illegally using mountain bikes, surveillance vehicles, off road vehicles, and “the art of tracking,” or as agents refer to as “sign-cutting.”

Muftić Leads Special Issue of Criminal Justice Review

Lisa Muftić, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, served as a guest editor of Criminal Justice Review for an issue on special victim groups.

The June issue focused on the victimization of specialized populations, including youth involved in prostitution, youth living in foster care, LGBTQ students in middle and high school, female college students, and victims of continuous child sexual abuse, and examined the delivery of services and the development of policy to address these groups.

Coming to the Rescue in Port Arthur

When the media plea from the Coast Guard came for help from anyone with boats, Adam Lee from Wisconsin and Justin Bloyer from Minnesota headed to Port Arthur.

del Carmen Honors Dean Lyons with the Gift of Future Scholarships

Rolando del Carmen, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and long-time benefactor of the College of Criminal Justice, will enhance future scholarships for students at the College through a $20,000 charitable gift annuity in honor of Dean Phillip Lyons.

Arlington Police Answer the Call for Hurricane Help

For more than a week, a team of 19 officers from the Arlington Police Department called the racquetball courts at Sam Houston State University home.

FBI Internships and Collegiate Hiring

FBI Recruiting

Special Agent David C. Baker of the Houston Division will be here on Sept. 13th to discuss internships and collegiate hiring at the federal agency.

Special Presentation
FBI Internships and Collegiate Hiring
Wed, Sep 13, 2017
2pm – 3pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Special Agent David C. Baker of the FBI Houston Division will provide an information session on the bureau’s internships and collegiate hiring programs. Applications for the programs are open from Aug. 25 through October 15.

Effects of Supermax Confinement on Postrelease Recidivism and Employment

Despite higher costs, confinement in supermax prisons appears to have a limited effect on postrelease recidivism, employment, or completion of community-based treatment programs, according to a published study.

Home-Brewed Poppy Seed Tea Can Be Lethal, Study Finds

A home-brewing technique used to extract morphine from unwashed poppy seeds can produce lethal doses of the drug, according to research at Sam Houston State University.

CJ Welcome Week (Aug. 29-31)

Welcome Week

See what the College of Criminal Justice has to offer for Fall 2017 at CJ Welcome Week (Aug. 29-31).

Learn more about what the College of Criminal Justice has to offer at CJ Welcome Week Aug. 29-31)

Faculty Meet and Greet
When: August 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Student Organizations Fair
When: August 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Lobby

FBI Internships & Collegiate Hiring
When: August 31, 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Courtroom
(available live online at www.cjcenter.org/live)

Alumnus Travels the World Fighting Drugs

Timothy A. Jones (’79) received a degree in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University (SHSU), but he did not wind up as a rancher or agriculture teacher as he expected. Instead, his career turned to law enforcement and tracking money, drugs, and crime across the world.

Dozier Presented 2017 ACE Award

Internship Coordinator Jim Dozier, a professor in the Department of Security Studies, was presented the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award at Sam Houston State University for 2017.

New Faculty Announced for Fall

Three new faculty members will join the College of Criminal Justice in the fall, adding to its expertise in biosocial criminology, corrections, and emergency preparedness.

CJ Alumnus Heads Arkansas State Flagship Campus


Kelly Damphousse is the first CJ alumnus to lead a college campus in his position as chancellor of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Alumnus Kelly R. Damphousse started his career wanting to be a Royal Canadian Mounted Officer or a goalie in the National Hockey League. Instead, he climbed to new heights as Chancellor of the flagship institution of the Arkansas State University System.

Intern Shadows Parole Officers in the Field

This summer, Kaitlin Ehrhart shadowed parole officers as they visited with clients returning from prison to their communities in Grimes, Leon, Madison, Polk, Trinity, Walker and parts of Houston counties in Texas.

Study Helps Local Police Agencies Improve Investigations of Violent Crimes

Results of a study of ballistics imaging by crime labs, first published in 2013, have already led to improvements in how labs and police agencies process and use information about violent gun crime.

Forensic Science Investigates New Sleep Aid of Toxicological Interest

The Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University recently published research that could help identify a new legal sleep aid in criminal and death investigations.

Inside Australia's First Body Farm

By Grace Tobin

We're used to covering a variety of stories at 60 MINUTES – from the wonderful to the weird. But visiting a place known as the Body Farm has got to be one the strangest assignments yet for reporter Peter Stefanovic, producer Grace Tobin and crew Mark Munro and Micky Breen. It’s a place where scientists are giving the dead a voice from the grave and it's helping solve some of the world’s grisliest murders.

SHSU Study Earns Top Award at Policing Journal

A study conducted by Sam Houston State University researchers on eyewitness identification procedures used by the Robbery Division at the Houston Police Department received the 2017 Award of Excellence from Emerald Publishing.

Study Examines Disciplinary Segregation across State Prisons

Nearly one-third of offenders who violated institutional rules and regulations across state prisons received a sanction of disciplinary segregation, which prison officials based on legal and extralegal factors, according to a recent study.

Alumnus Elevated to Warden in Missouri Prison

Alumnus Kelly Morriss is leading a minimum security prison in Missouri, helping prepare offenders for rentry to the community.

Study Examines Neurotransmitters Linked to Aggression and Anti-Social Behavior

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is taking a new multidisciplinary approach to understanding behaviors that contribute to criminal activity and mental health problems.

Intern Follows Calling to Aid Youth in Juvenile Justice

Yahaira Alcantara


Yahaira Alcantara followed in the footsteps of juvenile probation officers in Harris County to aid youth in the criminal justice system.

Yahaira “Gabby” Alcantara witnessed juvenile probation in action in Harris County during her internship this spring.

Hayes and Orrick Presented National Teaching Awards

Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology earned teaching awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the largest professional organizations for academics in the field.

Exploring Careers in Courts

Alumna Adriana Molina Morin grew up in the courts, beginning as a volunteer for the local justice of the peace in high school.

College Hosts 2017 Spring Commencement

Due to the high number of graduates this spring, the College of Criminal Justice hosted its own Commencement Ceremony on May 12, with more than 450 students crossing the stage to receive bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees.

Sam Houston State Researchers Study DNA from Explosives

Researchers at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) hope to unmask manufacturers of homemade explosives using new advancements in DNA technology.

CVI Begins Series on Sexual Assault on Campus

The Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University launched a new series of reports on sexual assault on college campuses, which will investigate high risk populations, bystander intervention, criminal justice responses, and best practices.

Oliver's Exhibit Honors Father of American Policing

The badge and gun used by August Vollmer at the turn of the 20th Century were returned home to Berkeley, CA and were unveiled to the public during an exhibit honoring “the Father of American Policing.”

Low Heart Rate Linked to Stalking Behaviors in Men

A low resting heart rate, which has been linked to aggression and violent offending, has been implicated in stalking behavior in males, according to a recent study.

College Shines with University-Based Awards

Faculty and students from the College of Criminal Justice were recognized with special awards at the close of the Spring semester.

College Names New Undergraduate Program Coordinator in CJ Advising Center

As a criminal justice major at Sam Houston State University, Arica Castleberry wanted a career where she could help people reach their full potential. She discovered her calling back where she started – as the new Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice Advising Center.

Ph.D. Student Named National Emerging Forensic Scientist

Ph.D. Student Lindsay Glicksberg received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award by the Forensic Science Foundation for her research on the stability of “bath salts” in biological evidence.

Texas Sheriffs Learn Best Practices in Jail Administration & Management

New sheriffs from across Texas received a primer on best practices for managing their jails at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT).

College of Criminal Justice Seeks CJ Ambassadors

The College of Criminal Justice is seeking an elite group of enthusiastic and involved students to serve as ambassadors at various events and to mentor new and prospective criminal justice students.

Homeland Security Studies Moving Graduate Program to The Woodlands Center

The master’s program in Homeland Security Studies will be moving to The Woodlands Center in the fall to accommodate better students and professionals in businesses and government agencies in the greater Houston region.

Alumnus Tackles Race Relations as Presidential Scholar

Webster Police Chief Danny Presley wants to jump-start the dialogue between police and minority communities across the country, and he has U.S. Presidents, cabinet members, and business leaders to help him on his way.

NIJ Recognizes CRIMES as Exemplary CJ Technology

A comprehensive records management system developed for law enforcement agencies by the Police Research Center (PRC) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) was designated a Justice Innovation Center by the National Institute of Justice.

College Celebrates Past, Present and Future at Honors Day

Each spring, the College of Criminal Justice sets aside a day of celebration to honor students, alumni, and friends and to memorialize professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

College Mourns Co-Founder of Security Studies Program

Steve Young, one of the founders of the Security Studies program at Sam Houston State University, passed away on March 9 in Corpus Christi with his wife and family by his side.

The College of Criminal Justice will honor Young in conjunction with its Sword and Shield Induction Ceremony on April 27 at 5:30pm in the CJ Courtroom. The Sword and Shield is the honor society for those pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.

Swortwood Developing Lab Test for Synthetic Opioids

With the nation in the midst of an opioid pandemic and more synthetic drugs flooding the market, an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science is researching a new method to detect these synthetic substances in death and criminal investigations.

Beto Chair Lecture: Edward R. Maguire

Beto Lecture

Edward R. Maguire from Arizona State University will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” on April 13.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Edward R. Maguire
April 13, 2017

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Edward R. Maguire, a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series.

Protecting the Traveling Public

Justin Bradley and his K9 partner Dzsan are responsible for protecting 64 million people a year in a 30-square mile area the size of Manhattan that spans two counties and four cities.

CJ Graduate Enlisted in Fight Against Zika

After enlisting in the U.S. Army following graduation, Alumnus Christopher Springer’s first job in the military was to help develop a vaccine against Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to microcephaly and other brain malformation in fetuses and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults.

Study* Investigates Civil Legal Needs of Crime Victims

Only two-thirds of victim service providers are trained to identify the civil legal needs of their clients, and there is little consistency or structure in referrals to outside agencies, researchers found.

SHSU Groups Join For Sexual Assault Awareness Events

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Many departments across campus are coming together in April to raise awareness about campus sexual assault.

by Amanda Horn

Sam Houston State University departments across campus are coming together to raise awareness of various issues in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April.

SHSU's SAAM Committee has coordinated a number of events throughout the month to shed light on sexual assault in a variety of ways.

“These events have a bigger impact than people think that they do,” said Georgi McNease, chair of the SAAM Committee. “I think what our committee does during this month is very important.”


Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force

Real Talk

On March 22, Real Talk will feature the Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, which investigates MS-13 gang activities such as homicide, extortion and racketeering.

Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Homeland Security Students Aid Runners in 100 Mile Race

Three Security Studies students who helped provide first aid and support for the Rocky Raccoon Race, a 100-mile trail race through the woods of Huntsville State Park, are new members of the Walker County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Recent Publications

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

Oliver Pays Homage to the Father of America Policing

After 10 years of research and a bookcase full of documents, Professor Willard Oliver published a comprehensive biography of August Vollmer, known as the “Father of American Policing.”

Protecting and Serving College Campuses

Alumnus Garret Hudson ('10) works for a college police department with jurisdiction in nearly every county in the state.

Countering Radicalization in Terrorism, Hate Groups, Gangs in Communities, Prisons and Jails

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) are teaming up to share information on the radicalization of terrorists, hate groups, and gangs in an effort to build networks to combat the problem in Texas and beyond.

Spanning a Career in Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Tonja Marshall was planning on a career in corrections or as a criminologist when she took a “leap of faith” on a coop program with U.S. Customs Service.

Advising Students for Future Success

As a first generation college graduate, Marissa Aldana hopes to guide other students on the right path for academic success and a rewarding career.

LEMIT Launches Online Offering with Body Worn Camera Course

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is developing online courses to address current trends and emerging issues in the field and to provide easy access to professional development opportunities for all certified peace officers in the state.

Study Examines Death Penalty Support in Mexico

In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, whereas older Mexicans and those living in states that bordered the U.S. were less likely to support the death penalty, according to researchers at Sam Houston State University.

Looking for a Career? Ask Carol Adams-Shearer

Carol Adams-Shearer has had many careers packed into one, and she plans to use her diverse experience to help students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) land their dream jobs.

Ph.D. Graduate Continues Sexual Assault Research in Kentucky

A Ph.D. graduate from Sam Houston State University is using skills he learned while at SHSU to lead one of the first statewide studies to examine a backlog of untested rape kits in Kentucky.

College Expands International Program Initiatives

The Office of International Programs at the College of Criminal Justices continues to forge new relationships across the globe for research and practice in the criminal justice field.

Oliver Receives Accolades from Criminal Justice Organizations

Willard Oliver, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, received two awards from professional organizations in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field and preservation of the history of the associations.

Euless Seeking Future Police Officers at SHSU

The Euless Police Department is coming to Sam Houston State University to offer the written and physical tests for those interested in serving as police officers in the community.

Major Biosocial Project Underway at SHSU

What do heart rate, facial symmetry, DNA, finger measurements, reaction to stress, and hormones have to do with aggression, criminal behavior, and substance abuse?

CJ Career Week Helps in Job Hunt

More than 50 employers in policing, corrections, victim services, and homeland security as well as several law schools will converge on the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on March 1 to offer career and internship options for students.

Last year, nearly nine out of 10 employers at the CJ Career Fair said they plan to interview candidates from Sam Houston State University for jobs. To help prepare for those opportunities, the College is offering a series of events during CJ Career Week to put your best foot forward.

LEMIT Launches Fire Marshals Program

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is partnering with the Texas Fire Marshals’ Association (TFMA) to provide the first executive development program for the discipline in the nation.

Officials Design Model Mental Health Training for Detention Officers

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) hosted a group representing county jails, mental health professionals, and federal partners to develop a model training initiative for jail detention officers in the State of Texas to address better mental health issues in their facilities.

LEMIT’s Bowden Enlisted to Protect the President

Rebecca Bowden’s first trip to Washington, D.C. was to serve on the protection detail for President Donald Trump along the parade route during his Inauguration as the country’s 45th President.

Honor Students Inducted in Security Society

The Order of the Sword and Shield inducted its second cohort of Security Studies students into the national honor society for those pursuing careers in the homeland security field.

Study Examines Race in Access to Early Release Credits in Federal Prisons

Associate Professor Travis Franklin examines race/ethnicity in "good time" federal benefits.

Latinos and Native Americans were more likely to be denied access to “good time” benefits during their incarcerations in federal prisons when compared with White and African American offenders, and Asian inmates fared better than all groups in obtaining access to these benefits, according to a study by researchers at Sam Houston State University.

SHSU Ranks #1 for CJ Faculty Publications

Faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University are the most productive scholars in the field, authoring nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study.

Getting a Bird’s Eye View of Police Work

Dana Barger got a round-the-clock look at policing during her internship with the Irving Police Department.

Tracking Evidence at the Montgomery County Crime Lab

Taylor Robinson served in the hub of crime scene investigations (CSI) during her internship with the Montgomery County Crime Lab – in the Evidence and Property Room.

Taiwanese Delegation Gets Inside Look at Texas Prisons

The College of Criminal Justice recently hosted a delegation of correctional experts and scholars from Taiwan who wanted to learn more about management practices and innovative programs at Texas state prisons.

Forensic Science Faculty Appointed to Texas Commission

Sarah Kerrigan and Sheree Hughes-Stamm were appointed by Governor Gregg Abbott to serve on the Texas Forensic Science Commission (TFSC), a statewide body which accredits crime labs and investigates complaints of professional negligence or misconduct in forensic science.

Dr. Oliver Presents Policing in America

Dr. Willard Oliver recently penned a new policing textbook to provide a primer on theory and practices in the field and to promote a better understanding of issues facing contemporary agencies.

Real Talk w/CJ: U.S. Secret Service Agent Corbin Rowe

Real Talk

Special Agent Corbin Rowe of the U.S. Secret Service will discuss his 20-year career with the federal agency.

Real Talk w/CJ: Special Agent Corbin Rowe, U.S. Secret Service
Wed, Feb 8, 2016
2:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Corbin Rowe has served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service for 20 years.
As a Special Agent in Salt Lake City, UT, Boise, ID, and Cheyenne, WY, Rowe was responsible for protecting dignitaries, investigating and preventing counterfeit currency, and safeguarding the payment and financial system of the U.S. from financial and computer-based crimes. He now serves as a recruiter for the Houston office.

Building and Strengthening Bridges Between Academics and Practice

Dr. Dennis Longmire was appointed Director of Practice Development to strengthen existing bridges between academics at the College and agencies in the field in Texas and around the world and develop new ones to help enhance the relationship between theory, research, and practice.

CVI Releases Report on Victimization in Texas

The Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) released a summary of key indicators of victimization in Texas, which reflects changes in reported incidents, service utilization, and offender accountability over the last five years.

Real Talk w/CJ: Special Agent Corbin Rowe, U.S. Secret Service

Wed, Feb 8, 2016
2:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Donates Memorabilia from Branch-Davidian Siege

Former McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch still vividly remembers the fire that rocked the Branch-Davidian compound outside Waco after a 51-day siege, which resulted in the death of Leader David Koresh and 82 followers as well as four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in 1993.

23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

Keramet Reiter of the University of California, Irvine will discuss the growth of solitary confinement in prisons at a special presentation on Feb. 6.
Mon, Feb 6, 2017
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Photo of Professor Keramet ReiterPelican Bay Prison in California was designed as one of the first “supermax” facilities in response to a perceived risk of black radicalism in the 1970s. Extreme conditions sparked statewide hunger strikes in 2011 and 2013 involving up to 30,000 inmates, which led to a rise in the use of solitary confinement.

King Elected to National Policing Panel

William King was elected as an Executive Counselor for the Division of Policing at the American Society of Criminology, increasing the visibility of the College of Criminal Justice on the national stage.

Keeping the Bridgewood Farms Community Safe and Secure

Students from the Department of Security Studies at Sam Houston State University will help keep clients at Bridgewood Farms safe and secure on their sprawling 53-acre campus in northern Montgomery County.

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