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Criminal Justice Professor Co-Authors Book

Gaffney, SC, February 5, 2009 - Dr. Betsy Witt, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, recently co-authored a criminal justice book. She, along with two colleagues, just published the Fifth Edition of Briefs of Leading Cases in Corrections.

Intended primarily for academic use, the book contains a series of case briefs of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions, half of them composed by Dr. Witt. The book features six areas of Supreme Court decisions dealing with prisoner rights, including: Prisons and Jails, Probation, Parole, Death Penalty, Juvenile Justice, and Sexual Assault Offender Laws.

Along with her contribution of case briefs, Dr. Witt also revised the entire book before sending it to the editors. She and her colleagues began work on the first edition just she earned her Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University. She said the book "has evolved over time and each edition is unique in itself."

Dr. Witt has also co-written three other texts and published two articles. She is now working on a book on juvenile corrections, with two colleagues from the University of Central Missouri.

A member of the Limestone faculty since 2006, Dr. Witt received both her master of arts in criminology and corrections and her bachelor of arts from Sam Houston State. She has been an assistant professor in the department of social work, sociology, and criminal justice at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas since 2004. She has also taught at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA, University of Houston-Downtown, and Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN.