Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Effects of Supermax Confinement on Postrelease Recidivism and Employment

photo of H. Daniel Butler and shadows of prison bars

A study led by H. Daniel Butler found confinement in supermax prisons have little effect on recidivism, employment and completion of post-release treatment programs. 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Intern Shadows Parole Officers in the Field

Photo of Kaitlin Ehrhart at the TDCJ Parole Office in Huntsville.

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

National Jail Academy Graduates 25th Class

25th Class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy

The National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) is now 1,000 members strong.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Study Examines Disciplinary Segregation across State Prisons

Inmate hands' stickout out of the bars of jail.
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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alumnus Elevated to Warden in Missouri Prison

Photo SHSU Alumnus Kelly Morris

Alumnus Kelly Morriss is in the business of second chances.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leighton Iles of Tarrant County Adult Probation Named Defensor Pacem

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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).

Friday, March 3, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Study Explores Public Support for Death Penalty in Mexico

A judge's gavel and death penalty sign imposed on the Mexican flag.

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.

College Expands International Initiatives in Corrections

Staff from CMIT and the College pose with corrections representatives from Poland.

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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Officials Design Model Mental Health Training for Detention Officers

Photo of hands on a frosted, paneled background

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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

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).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

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.

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

Book cover for 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement
Mon, Feb 6, 2017
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Pelican 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.