One of its most recent endeavors is a multi-national research project examining multicultural societies and its effect on prisons in the U.S., Poland and Germany. In addition to joint research with the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poland, the project includes several conferences as well as a graduate student exchange program.
Many European nations have experienced an influx of immigrants from Eastern European countries and Africa in recent years. Jurg Gerber, director of the College’s international programs, and Ph.D. Student Kate Angulski in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology are working on the study and already have produced two articles for Polish criminal justice journals on international prisoners in Texas and the U.S. as well as prisoners and work. Angulski will spend two weeks in Poland this spring on a research project, and she plans to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to study corrections, international and comparative criminology, and drug polices for a year in the country.
The project is being led by Andezj Szwarc, director of the German-Polish Research Institute in the Joint Institute of the University of Adam Mickiewicz University and the European University Viadriana in Frankfurt—Oder. The institute conducts scientific research programs and projects in the field of European integration, border regions, and international and intercultural aspects from a comparative perspective. Gerber and Angulski are teamed up with Piotr Stepniak at AMU on a project to investigate prisons.
Gerber and Angulski will travel to Poland in April to present at conferences on multiculturalism. In addition to his work in Poland, Gerber is serving as president of the Asian Association of Police Studies, an international association that advances scientific, practical, and professional knowledge concerning policing and crime control.
Established in 2000, the worldwide association is involved in the evaluation and development of police systems and activities, legislation and the practice of criminal law as well as law enforcement, judicial and corrections system.,p>Sam Houston State University hosted the AAPS annual conference over the summer, which drew scholars and practitioners from China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the U.S., and Thailand, including several Ph.D. students and graduates from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). The two-day conference featured the latest research on policing issues in Asian communities and the U.S.
The Office of International Programs also serves as a host for criminal justice professionals from several countries in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas. These visits, included:
- Forensic Science visit by Tadeusz Tomaszewski from the University of Warsaw, Poland
- Seminars for Centrum Szkolenia Kuratorów Sądowych (Polish Probation Officers Academy)
- A tour and visit with Taiwanese prison officials
- A tour and visit with the Czech Republic Prison Service delegation