Meghan J. Ryan

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Associate Dean for Research, Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor of Law

P.O. Box 750116

Dallas, TX 75275

United States

https://www.smu.edu/Law/Faculty/Profiles/Ryan-Meghan-J

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1.

Death and Rehabilitation

46 U.C. Davis Law Review 1231 (2013), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 112
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 12 Aug 2012 Last Revised: 23 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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death penalty, capital punishment, death, rehabilitation, Eighth Amendment, dignity, Miller v. Alabama, dying declaration, habeas corpus, reformation, repentance, Karla Faye Tucker, death is different, Stanley Tookie Williams III, Paul Crump

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The Death of the Evolving Standards of Decency

Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 51, 2024, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 608
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 26 Jun 2023 Last Revised: 20 Jul 2023
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual, punishment, originalism, precedent, stare decisis, Supreme Court, torture

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Science and the New Rehabilitation

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 97, Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015
Number of pages: 81 Posted: 11 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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rehabilitation, sentencing, sentencing reform, neuroscience, pharmacology, pharmaceutical, genetics, stem cell, cloning, gene therapy, DNA, dioxyribonucleic acid, penitentiaries, science, lobotomy, psychosurgery, erectile dysfunction, Cymbalta, Viagra, substance abuse, treatment, corrections

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Compensation for Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration in the United States

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 534
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 11 Jan 2022 Last Revised: 06 Apr 2022
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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wrongful conviction, compensation, statutory compensation, comparative compensation, wrongful incarceration, bill of moral obligation, civil rights, torts

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Remedying Wrongful Execution

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2012, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 110
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 10 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2013
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Wrongful Execution, Willingham, Cameron Todd Willingham, Todd Willingham, Execution, Texas, Judge Baird, Arson, Compensation Statutes, Compensation Statute, Forensic Evidence

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Voices on Innocence

68 Florida Law Review 1569 (2016)
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 15 Mar 2016 Last Revised: 18 Jul 2019
Belmont University - College of Law, University of San Francisco, Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, University of Toledo College of Law and University of Mississippi School of Law
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innocence, plea bargain, factual innocence, exoneration, wrongful conviction, evidence, experts, prosecutors, accountability, punishment, restorative justice

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A Catholic Perspective on Prison Conditions and Human Dignity

Catholicism and Criminal Law (2022/2023 Forthcoming), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 551
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 23 May 2022 Last Revised: 01 Jun 2022
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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dignity, human dignity, prison conditions, Catholicism, proportionality, humanness

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Does the Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Prohibit Only Punishments that are Both Cruel and Unusual?

Washington University Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 3, 2010, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 109
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 08 Aug 2008 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, punishments clause, cruel and unusual, rule of lenity, death penalty

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Proximate Retribution

48 Hous. L. Rev. 1049 (2012), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 67
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 31 Jan 2011 Last Revised: 03 Jun 2013
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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retribution, retributivism, Kennedy v. Louisiana, Kennedy, proximate cause, proximate causation, sentencing, sentencing guidelines, total retribution

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Judging Cruelty

UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, p. 81, 2010, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 57
Number of pages: 69 Posted: 24 Mar 2010 Last Revised: 08 Feb 2011
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, Punishments Clause, Cruel and Unusual, Kennedy v. Louisiana, Retribution, Retributivism, Deterrence, Deterrent, Roper v. Simmons, Baze v. Rees, Ford v. Wainwright, Stanford v. Kentucky, Penry v. Lynaugh, Punishmemt, Sentencing

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Criminal Justice Secrets

59 American Criminal Law Review 1541 (2022), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 524
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 31 Oct 2021 Last Revised: 12 May 2023
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Secrecy, Criminal Justice, Transparency, Surveillance, Investigation, Grand Jury, Plea-Bargaining, Discovery, Conviction, Evidence, Punishment, Eighth Amendment, Equal Protection, Due Process, Confrontation Clause, Fourth Amendment

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Framing Individualized Sentencing for Politics and the Constitution

American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 1747-1773, 2021, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 491
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 11 Nov 2020 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2021
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Sentencing, Individualization, Individualized Sentencing, Eighth Amendment, Punishment, Politics, Rehabilitation, Reform, Dignity, Science, Technology

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Cruel Techniques, Unusual Secrets

Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 78, No. 2, 2017, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 350
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 04 Apr 2017 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
William W. Berry III and Meghan J. Ryan
University of Mississippi School of Law and Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Glossip, Death Penalty, Execution Methods, Eighth Amendment, Dignity, Torture, Capital Punishment, Lethal Injection

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Eighth Amendment Values

The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (Cambridge U. Press), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 563
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 17 Nov 2021 Last Revised: 22 Sep 2022
William W. Berry III and Meghan J. Ryan
University of Mississippi School of Law and Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual, dignity, individualized sentencing, proportionality, humanness, non-arbitrariness, differentness

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Juries and the Criminal Constitution

Alabama Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 4, 2014, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 121
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 22 Jun 2013 Last Revised: 18 Jul 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Jury, Juries, Eighth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Cruel and Unusual, Excessive Fines, Reasonableness, Morality, Judges, Representativeness, Apprendi, Reasonable Expectations of Privacy, Search and Seizure, Competency, Institutional Competencies, Constitutional Interpretation, Constitution

16.

Secret Conviction Programs

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 454, 77 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 269 (2020)
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 02 Dec 2019 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2021
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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convictions, algorithms, computers, programs, technology, science, source code, probabilistic genotyping systems, DNA, breathalyzers, fingerprints, automated fingerprint identification systems, trade secrets, due process, constitution, confrontation clause, Brady, Crawford, Chambers, Holmes,

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The Missing Jury: The Neglected Role of Juries in Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Determinations

Florida Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 3, 2012, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 111
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 29 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishments, cruel and unusual, Booker, Apprendi, jury, juries, constitutional history

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Secret Algorithms, IP Rights, and the Public Interest

Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 61-116, 2020, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 484
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 22 Sep 2020 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2021
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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algorithm, software, computer, intellectual property, IP, trade secret, patent, voting, hacking, election, criminal justice, wrongful conviction, breathalyzer, racism, housing, discrimination, public interest

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Can the IRS Silence Religious Organizations?

Indiana Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2007
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 30 Jul 2008
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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501(c)(3), Employment Division v. Smith, IRS, Internal Revenue Service, tax-exempt, First Amendment

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Understanding Criminal Justice Innovations

5 Journal of Law & Innovation 38 (2023), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 562
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 20 Jun 2022 Last Revised: 12 May 2023
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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criminal justice, innovation, algorithms, science, technology, texting, digital discovery, bias, mass incarceration, surveillance, forensics, COMPAS

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Escaping the Fingerprint Crisis: A Blueprint for Essential Research

2020 U. Ill. L. Rev. 763 (2020), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 470
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 11 May 2020 Last Revised: 23 Feb 2021
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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fingerprints, AFIS, ACE-V, forensic science, evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, scientific research

22.

Lessons from Gitmo

The International Lawyer, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2015, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 14 Sep 2015 Last Revised: 10 Oct 2016
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Guantanamo, Gitmo, GTMO, terrorism, detention, 9/11, 9-11, war on terror, war crimes

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Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing

Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 1, 2015, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 214
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 Jan 2016 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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sentencing, model penal code, limiting retributivism, retribution, second-look sentencing

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Does Stare Decisis Apply in the Eighth Amendment Death Penalty Context?

North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 3, 2007
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 08 Aug 2008 Last Revised: 29 Aug 2008
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, Punishments Clause, cruel and unusual, death penalty, capital punishment, stare decisis, precedent

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Taking Dignity Seriously: Excavating the Backdrop of the Eighth Amendment

University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2016, No. 5, 2016, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 329
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 11 Jun 2016 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, cruel and unusual, dignity, glossip v. gross, baze v. rees, rehabilitation

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Cultivating Judgment on the Tools of Wrongful Conviction

SMU Law Review, Vol. 68, No. 4, 2015, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 215
Number of pages: 121 Posted: 22 Jan 2016 Last Revised: 27 Apr 2018
Meghan J. Ryan and John Adams
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law and Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dedman School of Law, Students
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Finality and Rehabilitation

4 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol'y 121 (2014) (invited symposium contribution), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 136
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 08 May 2014 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2014
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Is Miranda Good News or Bad News for the Police? The Usefulness of Empirical Evidence

Texas Tech Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2017, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 422
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 16 Jul 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Miranda v. Arizona, Miranda rights – empirical studies, criminal justice, criminal procedure, police interrogation, confessions

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Miranda's Truth: The Importance of Adversarial Testing and Dignity in Confession Law

Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2016, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 313
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 28 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Miranda, truth, confession, false confession, truth-finding, dignity, equality, adversarial testing, adversarial system, adversarial process

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Science and the Eighth Amendment

This material has been published in revised form in The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment, edited by Meghan J. Ryan & Willliam W. Berry III, https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108653732, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 503
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 31 Mar 2021 Last Revised: 16 Apr 2021
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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Eighth Amendment, Science, Punishment, Glossip, Neuroscience, Culpability, Competency, McCleskey, Pain, Statistics

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Justice Scalia's Bottom-up Approach to Shaping the Law

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2016, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 421
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 24 Jun 2019
Meghan J. Ryan
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
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