Distinguished Teaching Professor David McDowall and I collaborated in the first study to evaluate the effects of New York’s bail reform law on the entire state. This study is also the first attempt to disentangle the effects of bail reform and national historic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Zongxian Wu and I reviewed research on restorative justice.
My colleague Byunggu Kang and I conducted a survey experiment to explore people’s opinion on false positive errors and false negative errors in criminal justice risk assessment.
Why do people who believe innocent people were executed still support the death penalty? I examined Gallup data in three years and found their perceived low wrongful conviction rate was the key. I also found the perceived wrongful conviction rate could explain the racial gap in death penalty support.
Does telling people different wrongful conviction rates affect their death penalty opinion? I conducted a survey experiment and found that wrongful conviction rate has to reach a certain level to cast a significant impact on people’s death penalty support.
My advisor Dr. James Acker and I explored convictions resulted from the wrongful rejection of affirmative defenses (e.g., self-defense).