Research Institutes

The George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center is home to a number of prestigious institutes dedicated to the study of various subjects related to criminal justice, law enforcement, and corrections.

  • Crime Victims' Institute (CVI): Created in 1995 to study the impact of crime on victims and their relatives and on society as a whole. CVI also evaluates the effectiveness of criminal justice policy and juvenile justice policy in preventing the victimization of society by criminal acts and helps develop policies to assist the criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system in preventing the criminal victimization of society.
  • Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice (ILSCJ): Sponsored by the SHSU College of Criminal Justice, aims to increase faculty mentorship on legal research and publication, identify and discuss pedagogical issues in the teaching of law in criminal justice programs, and to bridge the gap between academia and the field of criminal justice on issues related to law. ILSCJ also serves as an umbrella unit for coordinating the legal research and publications of faculty and students, as well as for exploring additional opportunities for legally oriented collaborative research.
  • Police Research Center (PRC): Created in 1993 as a part of the College of Criminal Justice.  Of PRC’s many research endeavors, one of the largest is the Criminal Research, Information Management, and Evaluation System (CRIMES), a state-of-the-art police information management system. In cooperation with the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), PRC produces the Texas Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics Program (TELEMASP) Bulletins and also coordinates its Executive Issues Major Cities Program.
  • Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) Willed-Body Donor Program: A state-of-the-art research and training facility designed to advance academic and technical knowledge in the application of forensic science disciplines to crime scenes and criminal activities. The facility's predominant focus of study is the application of forensic sciences to the human body and the vast amount of evidence that can be gleaned from the careful recognition, collection, and preservation of that evidence. The facility is recognized by the Anatomical Board of Texas as a willed-body donor facility, and accepts human body donations for the purposes of scientific research
  • Institute for Forensic Research, Training, and Innovation (IFRTI): Created in 2014, the Institute for Forensic Research, Training and Innovation seeks to advance the practice of forensic science through industrially relevant research initiatives and strategic academic-industrial partnerships with operational laboratories and forensic science stakeholders across the globe. The Institute also serves as a platform for highly specialized forensic training to meet the needs of practitioners, law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary and educators.

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