James R. Acker

University at Albany

James R. Acker is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice.  He earned his JD at Duke University and his PhD in criminal justice at the University at Albany.  His principal research and scholarly interests involve legal and empirical issues relating to wrongful convictions, capital punishment, criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the rights of children.

Catherine L. Bonventre

North Carolina A&T University

Catherine L. Bonventre is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina A&T University.  She holds a M.S. in forensic biology from the University at Albany.  She earned her J.D., with a concentration in criminal law, from Albany Law School and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.  Prior to entering law school, she worked in clinical and research genetics.  Her research interests include wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice; crime laboratories and forensic science; criminal court processes, and judicial decision-making and policy implementation. 

Robert J. Norris

George Mason University

Robert J. Norris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University.  He earned his BA in Sociology from UNC-Greensboro and his MA and PhD from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany (SUNY). His research explores the social and political dynamics of legal reform, legal decision-making, public opinion, wrongful convictions, and criminal admissions. You can learn more about him and his work on his personal website by clicking here

Allison D. Redlich

George Mason University

Allison D. Redlich is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University. Prior, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, a Senior Research Associate at Policy Research Associates, and a Research Scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Professor Redlich is an internationally recognized expert on police interrogations and false confessions, often being asked to present her research abroad and in courts as an expert witness. Professor Redlich also has extensive programs of research on true and false guilty pleas and mental health courts.