Thursday, August 30, 2012

CMIT Instructor Named Director of Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Photo of Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths, an instructor for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas and Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, was recently named the new Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Congratulations! See his story in the Austin American Statesman.. . . read more

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Motivational Interviewing Series Starts in October

Members of MINT that presented the inaugural training were (l to r) Mark Asteris, Susan Orendac and Greg Sumpter
Members of MINT that presented the inaugural training were (l to r) Mark Asteris, Susan Orendac and Greg Sumpter.

The Correctional Management Institute is offering a new series of Motivational Training sessions on Oct. 8-10. See this story on the inaugural session to find out what it's all about!

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas recently held part one of a three-phased training to teach juvenile and adult probation officers a new way of dealing with offenders to bring about long term changes in their lives and to reduce recidivism.

“Motivational interviewing will improve the outcomes of the kids we work with because it encourages them to take responsibility for making changes rather than placing the responsibility on the officer,” said Matt Smith of Williamson County Juvenile Services, which handles about 1,400 juvenile cases a year ranging from runaways to aggravated sexual assault. . . . read more

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TDCJ Offers $3,000 Recruiting Bonus for Select Units

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is offering a recruiting bonus for new correctional officers at select units. Visit the TDCJ Web Site for details! more...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Alumnus Unearths Stories from the Prison Graveyard

Dr. Frank Wilson stands among the headstones at the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery.
SHSU Alumnus Dr. Frank Wilson is writing a book about the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville.

The Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville is the final resting place for inmates who died in the Texas prison system and were unclaimed or whose families simply could not afford to bring them home, including infamous Serial Killers Henry Lee Lucas and two-time Death Row Inmate Kenneth McDuff as well as Kiowa Indian Chief Satanta, imprisoned in 1874 for leading raids on Texas settlers.

But those are not the stories Dr. Frank Wilson wants to tell. The SHSU Ph.D. graduate and assistant professor at Indiana State University is writing a book about “America’s common ground” found among the headstones on a quiet hill on Bowers Boulevard, just a few blocks from Sam Houston State University and the Walls Unit. . . . read more

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mid-Management Leadership Program is BACK!

Following a long and highly acclaimed history of providing assistance to agencies in leadership succession and the preparatory development of personnel in supervisory and mid-management positions, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas offers a week-long Mid-Management Leadership Program for criminal justice professionals at the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center in Huntsville, Texas.

Beginning in the Fall of 2012, The Correctional Management Institute of Texas will introduce its newest Mid-Management Leadership Program. The new program has been sculpted to capture the most current disciplines, needs and core competencies as identified by the National Institute of Corrections and the American Jail Association. Furthermore, great effort has been made in seeking the opinions and comments of field practitioners and leadership in determining the program relevancy and its ability to meet and measure up to its intended design and purpose. The new program promises to be as vibrant and rewarding as our previous Mid-Management Program delivered by Nancy Baird. The Institute is now accepting nominations for classes scheduled for September 30th – October 5th, 2012, and November 11th- 16th, 2012.  The classes will be limited to no more than 32 participants.

You can find more information HERE!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dr. Friel Elected to Texas Corrections Association

Dr. Charles Friel

Dr. Charles Friel, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Corrections Association, a statewide umbrella organization representing all aspects of the correctional profession in the state.