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Sam Houston State Marks 50 Years as a Leader in Criminal Justice Studies

Fifty years ago George Beto, the director of the Texas Department of Corrections and Arleigh Templeton, then president of Sam Houston State College, lobbied the Texas Legislature to establish an Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science. This program would aim to lead the nation in the study of criminology, corrections and behavioral research. Today, […]

Fifty years ago George Beto, the director of the Texas Department of Corrections and Arleigh Templeton, then president of Sam Houston State College, lobbied the Texas Legislature to establish an Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science. This program would aim to lead the nation in the study of criminology, corrections and behavioral research.

Today, the name has changed to the College of Criminal Justice and Sam Houston State is now Sam Houston State University. But some of the areas of research that continue include law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics and security.

To tell us more about what's being done with some of the latest technological advances in criminal justice research we're joined by Dr. Larry Hoover, director of the Police Research Center at SHSU.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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