Scientifically Exploring Prison Culture

By Veronica Gonzalez/

Meghan Mitchell, a 5th year Criminal Justice and Criminology Ph.D. student at Sam Houston State University, recently presented her dissertation, “The convict code revisited: An examination of prison culture and its association with violent misconduct and victimization,” to colleagues and dissertation committee.

Alumnus Commands Large U.S. Coast Guard Cutter in $390M Drug Seizure

By Veronica Gonzalez/

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare returned from a 67-day deployment in April with 12 tons of cocaine and one ton of marijuana seized as part of an international effort to combat transnational criminal organizations operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The wholesale value of the haul totaled $390 million; an impressive accomplishment for the cutters and crews involved in the operation, including Legare’s Commanding Officer, Sam Houston State University alumnus Commander Jonathan Carter.

Recent Publications

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

The Path To Excellence

Story by Tyler Pointer

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University has received attention and awards from around the globe, largely on behalf of the active faculty dedicated to research.

Long-time Criminal Justice Professor Retires after 45 years

By: Veronica Gonzalez/

After 45 years of loyal service, Dr. Raymond Teske will be stepping away from the classroom this summer, leaving behind a legacy of knowledge and dedication passed on semester after semester. Although he still does not feel ready to step away, he knows its time. He has plans to dedicate more time to research and travel.

Challenging Human Trafficking

By: Veronica Gonzalez/

Human trafficking continues to challenge the criminal justice system on a state and national level. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Division is working to combat the devastating situation at the local level by hiring quality team members like Sam Houston State University alumna, Jennifer Miranda.

Graduate Student, Faculty Fundraiser Benefits Local Victim Services

By: Veronica Gonzalez/

The Montgomery County Women’s Center and the Huntsville SAAFE House recently received proceeds from fundraising by the SHSU Criminal Justice Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and faculty members as a byproduct of some friendly competition.

House Bill Prompts Examination of TDCJ Rehabilitation, Programming

By: Veronica Gonzalez /
On March 1, the Governor-appointed Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition for offenders met to begin a four-year process that will explore the current rehabilitation and education programs in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

CJ College #1 for Online Graduate Education

Sam Houston State University offers the best online criminal justice program for graduate education in the nation, according to the 2017 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).

CMIT Hosts One-Stop Shop for Texas Specialty Courts

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) is teaming up with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to support specialty courts in Texas by creating a one-stop shop for best practices, training resources, self- assessment tools, and ways to improve and expand operations.

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