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Leading Military Prisons: College of Criminal Justice Alumni Peter Grande and Major Andrew Deaton lead two top military prisons at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

SHSU Alumni Lead Military Prisons

Two Sam Houston State University graduates are among the top staff at two military prisons at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, including the only maximum security correctional facility for all branches of the U.S. armed forces and a minimum/medium custody prison.

Peter Grande, a retired lieutenant colonel (LTC) with the U.S. Army, is now the civilian Chief of Staff of the Military Correctional Complex, which contains both the United States Disciplinary Barracks and the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth. He oversees the policy compliance, resource management, information technology, engineering and legal support at the two prisons, as well as serving as a senior advisor to the Commandant (warden), an active duty Army colonel. Mr. Grande is also the public information officer for the facilities and is the historian for the site.

Major (MAJ) Andrew Deaton is the Battalion Commander of the 40th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) (Rear) (Provisional), responsible for the training, discipline, health and welfare of more than 670 military correctional specialists working in both facilities. There are more than 1,000 military inmates under the administrative control of the leadership of these two facilities, representing everything from pre-trial confinement to inmates sentenced to death to military parolees.

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Willis Police Officer Adam Culak, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at SHSU, was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), for being the top arresting officer in DWI cases in his department. Culak made 28 of the department’s 57 DWI arrests in 2010.

Steve Dye, a 1984 graduate from Sam Houston State University, was appointed Police Chief in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Aaron J. Gonzalez, Class of ’09, was recently sworn in as a police officer in Deer Park, TX.

Brittney Gonzalez, who recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, will work as a serologist in the DNA department of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bruce Toney, who received a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management in 2006, was named Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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