Ed Reyna ‘71

Ed Reyna ’71

Ed and Carla Reyna

Ed & Carla Reyna

Graduating from a Criminal Justice program that was nationally recognized for excellence helped pave the way for an outstanding career for Ed Reyna ’71.

“My criminal justice education allowed me to be more than competitive in the workplace as I felt I could handle any position or challenge,” says Reyna, who worked as a public servant for more than 35 years before retiring from the U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Office for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to that, he worked with the Texas Department of Corrections, Dallas County Juvenile Department.

Reyna, who also holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and attended the Harvard University JFK School of Government, calls SHSU “a diamond in the rough” that he maintains “helped shape my life.”

During his career, Reyna, who was one of the first federal probation officers to implement pretrial services for the Federal Court System, was selected to establish the first U.S. Pretrial Services Office in the Southern District of Florida. He was chosen by the Federal Judicial Center to help train newly hired federal probation and pretrial officers.

Many of the programs he helped create and implement are still in use today. They include:

  • Mobile Pretrial Services unit, dealing with the processing of large numbers of arrests;
  • Education services, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, for families of soon-to-be incarcerated defendants; and
  • “The Alternatives for Detention,” a guide used for setting bail.

A family law mediator, he offered pro bono mediations for Dallas County citizens who could not afford court-ordered mediation. He also taught English to refugees of third-world countries.

One of five Sam Houston State University graduates who were honored as Distinguished Alumni in 2009, Reyna says he lives by the words “making a difference today for tomorrow.” He is a Sigma Chi alumnus, originally from Mission, Texas. Reyna lives in Dallas with his wife, Carla, and is the father of three.

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