Melissa Hamilton

University of Surrey School of Law

Professor of Law & Criminal Justice

United Kingdom

http://https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/melissa-hamilton

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (27)

1.

The Efficacy of Severe Child Pornography Sentencing: Empirical Validity or Political Rhetoric?

Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, p. 545, 2011
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 11 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2011
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 1,236 (32,371)

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sentencing, child pornography, law & society, law & psychology

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The Child Pornography Crusade and its Net Widening Effect

Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2012
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 24 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 17 Sep 2011
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 984 (44,826)

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child pornography, empirical, evidence, risk

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Risk-Needs Assessment: Constitutional and Ethical Challenges

52 American Criminal Law Review 231 (2015), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-W-2
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 07 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 974 (45,485)
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risk assessment, evidence-based practices, sentencing, equal protection, due process, prisoners' rights, recidivism, rehabilitation, corrections

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Public Safety, Individual Liberty, and Suspect Science: Future Dangerousness Assessments and Sex Offender Laws

Temple Law Review, Vol. 82, 2011
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 05 Apr 2010 Last Revised: 04 Sep 2011
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 740 (66,092)
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sex offender, expert evidence, law and society

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Back to the Future: The Influence of Criminal History on Risk Assessment

20 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 75 (2015), U of Houston Law Center No. 2015-A-1
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 27 Jan 2015 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 618 (83,025)
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risk, risk assessment, criminal justice, criminal history, recidivism, sentencing, parole, probation, corrections, retribution, utilitarianism, three strikes, acquitted conduct, preventive detention, age-crime curve, juvenile records

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Adventures in Risk: Predicting Violent and Sexual Recidivism in Sentencing Law

Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming, U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-9
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 28 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 31 Mar 2014
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 517 (103,899)
Citation 5

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sentencing, risk assessment, violence, recidivism, expert evidence, validity and reliability

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The Biased Algorithm: Evidence of Disparate Impact on Hispanics

56 AM. CRIM L. REV. 1553 (2019)
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 29 Oct 2018 Last Revised: 15 Jul 2019
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 440 (126,259)

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Risk Assessment, Big Data, Algorithmic Bias, Pretrial Release, Minorities, Evidence-Based Practices, Algorithmic Fairness, COMPAS, Criminal Justice, Recidivism

8.

Adjudicating Sex Crimes as Mental Disease

33 Pace L. Rev. 536 (2013), U of Houston Law Center No. 2013-A-22
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 23 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2013
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 439 (126,259)

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sex crimes, due process, expert evidence, psychology and psychiatry, mental disease, sex offender civil commitment, sentencing

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Reinvigorating Actus Reus: The Case for Involuntary Actions by Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

16 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 340 (2011)
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 10 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2012
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 371 (152,944)

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voluntary act, PTSD, veterans, culpability automatism

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Briefing the Supreme Court: Promoting Science or Myth?

67 Emory Law Journal Online 2021 (2017)
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 25 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 337 (169,810)

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sex offenders, recidivism, First Amendment, sexual predators, Supreme Court, online sexual exploitation of children

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Extreme Prison Sentences: Legal and Normative Consequences

38 Cardozo Law Review 59 (2016)
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 07 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 337 (169,810)

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sentencing, virtual life sentences, retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, anchoring, scaling, consecutive sentences, federal guidelines, dehumanization, proportionality, reasonableness

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The Reliability of Assault Victims’ Immediate Accounts: Evidence from Trauma Studies

Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 26, 2015, Forthcoming, U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-77
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 09 Sep 2014 Last Revised: 29 Oct 2014
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 312 (184,234)

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evidence, trauma studies, neurolaw, violence, hearsay, present sense impression, excited utterance, interdisciplinary, victims' accounts

13.

Sentencing Disparities

6 British Journal of American Legal Studies 176 (2017)
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 06 Apr 2017 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 311 (184,845)

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Sentencing Disparities, District Courts, Upward Departures, Proportionality, Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Criminal Justice System, Punishment, Prison, Multilevel Modeling, Regression, Empirical Legal Studies, Courtroom Communities, Focal Concerns, Race, Gender, Citizenship, Violence

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Sentencing Adjudication: Lessons from Child Pornography Policy Nullification

30 Georgia State University Law Review 375 (2014), U of Houston Law Center No. 2013-A-23
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 14 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 24 Apr 2014
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 258 (223,993)

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sentencing, empirical study, criminal justice policy, child pornography, sex offenses, Congress, sentencing commission

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Arrest Outcomes for Interpartner Violence: The Myth of Parity

Number of pages: 45 Posted: 07 Jul 2007 Last Revised: 13 Dec 2015
Melissa Hamilton and Meredith Worthen
University of Surrey School of Law and University of Oklahoma
Downloads 256 (225,780)

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police decisionmaking, domestic violence, gender and sexuality, sociological model of law

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Some Facts About Life: The Law, Theory, and Practice of Life Sentences

20(3) Lewis & Clark Law Review, 2016, Forthcoming, U of Houston Law Center No. 2016-A-1
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 13 Dec 2015 Last Revised: 15 Jan 2016
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 239 (241,559)
Citation 1

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sentencing, life sentences, retribution, deterrence, finality, empirical legal studies, human rights, prisoners, proportionality

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Prison-By-Default: Challenging the Federal Sentencing Policy's Presumption of Incarceration

Houston Law Review, Forthcoming, U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-8
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 21 Jan 2014 Last Revised: 31 Mar 2014
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 228 (252,737)

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sentencing, prison, United States Sentencing Commission, incarceration rate, crime, punishment, federal criminal justice

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McSentencing: Mass Federal Sentencing and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 35, 2013, Forthcoming, U of Houston Law Center No. 2013-A-24
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 25 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2013
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 190 (298,934)

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sentencing, mcdonaldization, punishment, sentencing commission

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Constitutional Law and the Role of Scientific Evidence

58 Boston College Law Review E. Supp. 34 (2017)
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 02 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 146 (374,747)

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Competence to Stand Trial Ingredients: The Role of Neuroscience

University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy 2021
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 09 Feb 2022
John T. Philipsborn and Melissa Hamilton
Independent and University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 130 (410,444)

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competence to stand trial, compentency, due process

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Evaluating Algorithmic Risk Assessment

New Criminal Law Review 2021
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 09 Feb 2022
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 118 (441,519)

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risk assessment, pretrial, algorithmic fairness, criminal justice reform

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Excessive Lethal Force

111 Northwestern University Law Review 1167 (2017)
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 05 Jul 2017 Last Revised: 06 May 2018
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 94 (518,163)

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Police use of force, excessive force, Fourth Amendment, unreasonable seizure, balancing

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Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence

26 Journal of Interpersonal Violence 1559 (2011)
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 03 Sep 2015
Melissa Hamilton and Meredith Worthen
University of Surrey School of Law and University of Oklahoma
Downloads 79 (576,563)

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arrest, domestic violence, assault, policing

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Investigating Algorithmic Risk and Race

UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review 2021
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 25 Feb 2022
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
Downloads 77 (585,033)

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risk assessment, racial disparities, algorithmic justice, pretrial release, empirical legal studies, AI in law

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Modelling Pretrial Detention

American University Law Review, Vol. 72, 2022
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 19 Aug 2022
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
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risk assessment, algorithmic justice, pretrial reform, pretrial detention, mass incarceration, empirical legal studies

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Judicial Gatekeeping on Scientific Validity with Risk Assessment Tools

Behavioral Sciences and the Law 2020
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 25 Feb 2022
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law
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risk assessment, algorithmic justice, disparities, sentencing, pretrial, forensic science, empirical legal studies, prediction

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The Sexist Algorithm

38 Behavioral Sciences & the Law 145 (2019)
Posted: 30 May 2019
Melissa Hamilton
University of Surrey School of Law

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risk assessment, algorithmic justice, algorithmic fairness, criminal justice, gender, pretrial