Melissa Hamilton

University of Surrey School of Law

Senior Lecturer of Law & Criminal Justice

United Kingdom

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (22)

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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 1,116 (18,252)

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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 811 (29,001)

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child pornography, empirical, evidence, risk

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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 669 (37,725)

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sex offender, expert evidence, law and society

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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 532 (50,881)
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risk assessment, evidence-based practices, sentencing, equal protection, due process, prisoners' rights, recidivism, rehabilitation, corrections

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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 403 (71,747)

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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 397 (73,004)
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sentencing, risk assessment, violence, recidivism, expert evidence, validity and reliability

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

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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 284 (106,358)

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

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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 270 (112,211)

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voluntary act, PTSD, veterans, culpability automatism

10.

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 239 (127,230)

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

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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 220 (138,020)

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

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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 217 (139,873)

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

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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 204 (148,253)

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

14.

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 202 (149,586)

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

15.

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 169 (175,842)

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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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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 154 (190,261)

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sentencing, mcdonaldization, punishment, sentencing commission

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

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

19.

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
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20.

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

21.

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
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arrest, domestic violence, assault, policing

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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