Recent Publications by Network Members

2015 and forthcoming

Bandyopadhyay, S. & McCannon B.C. (2015). Prosecutorial retention: Signaling by trial. Journal of Public Economic Theory 17(2), 219-256.

Daftary-Kapur, T., & Zottoli, T. M. (2014). A First Look at the Plea Deal Experiences of Juveniles Tried in Adult Court. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13(4), 323-336.

Kutateladze, B. L., & Lawson, V. Z. (2016). How bad arrests lead to bad prosecution: Exploring the impact of prior arrest on plea bargaining. Cardozo Law Review.

Kutateladze, B. L., Lawson, V. Z., & Andiloro, N. R. (2015). Does evidence really matter? An exploratory analysis of the role of evidence in plea bargaining in felony drug cases. Law & Human Behavior, 36(5), 431-442. doi:10.1037/lhb0000142

Kutateladze, B., Andiloro, N., Johnson, B., & Spohn, C. (2014). Cumulative disadvantage: Examining

Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Prosecution and Sentencing. Criminology, 52 (3).

Kutateladze, B., Andiloro, N., & Johnson, B. (2014) Opening Pandora’s Box: How Does Defendant Race Influence Plea Bargaining Outcomes? Justice Quarterly. Published online May 2014

Lynch, M. (2015). Backpacking the border: The intersection of drug and immigration prosecutions in a high-volume US court. British Journal of Criminology.

Redlich, A. D. (2016). The validity of pleading guilty. In M. K. Miller and B. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in psychology and law. Springer Press.

Redlich, A.D. & Bonventre, C. (2015). Content and comprehensibility of adult and juvenile tender-of-plea forms: Implications for knowing, intelligent, and voluntary guilty pleas. Law and Human Behavior. Advance online publication.

Reinganum, J. & Daughety, A. (forthcoming, 2016). Informal Sanctions on Prosecutors and Defendants and the Disposition of Criminal Cases. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

Turner, J. I. & Redlich, A. D. (2016). Two models of pre-plea discovery in criminal cases: An empirical comparison. Washington and Lee Law Review, 73.


Bandyopadhyay, S. & McCannon B.C. (2014). The effect of the election of prosecutors on criminal trials. Public Choice 161(1-2), 141-156.

Abrams, D.S.  How do we decide how long to incarcerate? Empirical Legal Analysis: Assessing the Performance of Legal Institutions, (Yun-chien Chang, ed.), Routledge.

Dervan, L.E. The quest for finality: Five stories of white collar criminal prosecution. Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy.

Johnson, B.D. Judges on trial: A reexamination of judicial race and gender effects across modes of conviction. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 25(2), 159-184.

Lynch, M. & Omori, M. Legal change and sentencing norms in the wake of Booker. The impact of time and place on drug trafficking cases in federal court. Law and Society Review, 48(2), 1-35.


Abrams, D.S. (2013). Putting the trial penalty on trial. Duquesne University Law Review, 51, 777.

Abrams, D.S. (2013). The imprisoner's dilemma: A cost-benefit approach to incarceration. Iowa Law Review, 98, 905. 

Bandyopadhyay, S. & McCannon B.C. (2013). Re-election concerns and the failure of plea bargaining. Theoretical Economics Letters 3(1), 40-44.

Bibas, S. (2013). Bulk misdemeanor justice. California Law Review, Postscript, 85.

Bibas, S. (2013). Justice Kennedy's sixth amendment pragmatism. McGeorge Law Review, 44, 211. (symposium essay).

Bibas, S. (2013). The duties of non-judicial actors in ensuring competent negotiations. Duquesne Law Review, 51, 625-632. (symposium paper).

Bushway, S. & Forst, B. (2013). Studying discretion in sentencing. Justice quarterly, 30(2), 199-222.

Bushway, S. & Owens, E. (2013). Framing punishment: Incarceration, recommended sentences, and recidivism. Journal of Law and Economics, 56, 301.

Dervan, L.E. (2013). White collar over-criminalization: Deterrence, plea bargaining, and the loss of innocence. Kentucky Law Journal, 101, 543.

Edkins, V. & Dervan, L.E. (2013). Pleading innocents: Laboratory evidence of plea bargaining's innocence problem. Current Research in Social Psychology, 14, 21. 

McCannon, B.C. (2013). Prosecutor elections, mistakes, and appeals. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 10(4), 697-715.

Pezdek, K., & O'Brien, M. (2013). Plea bargaining and appraisals of eyewitness evidence by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 1-20.


Abrams, D.S. (2012). Estimating the deterrent effect of incarceration using sentencing enhancements. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4(4), 32-56.

Abrams, D.S., Bertrand, M., & Mullainathan, S. (2012). Do judges vary in their treatment of race? Journal of Legal Studies, 41(2), 347-383.  

Bibas, S. (2012). Taming Negotiated Justice, Yale Law Journal Online, 122, 41.

Bibas, S. (2012). The supreme court, 2011 term -- Comment: Incompetent Plea Bargaining and Extra-Judicial Reforms. Harvard Law Review, 126, 150.

Bibas, S. & Bierschbach, R.A. (2012). Notice-and-Comment Sentencing. Minnesota Law Review, 97, 1.

Bushway, S., Owens, E., Piehl, A. (2012). Sentencing guidelines and judicial discretion: quasi-experimental evidence from human calculation errors. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 9(2), 291-319.

Bushway, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2012). Is plea bargaining in the "Shadow of the Trial" a mirage? Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28(3), 437-454. 

Cano, M. & Spohn, C. (2012). Circumventing the penalty: Assessing the impact of substantial assistance departures on mandatory minimum sentencing. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 308-332.

Dervan, L.E. (2012). Bargained justice: Plea bargaining's innocence problem and the Brady safety-valve. Utah Law Review, 2012, 51.

Redlich, A. D. & Summers, A. (2012). Voluntary, knowing, and intelligent pleas: Understanding plea inquiries. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18, 626-643.


Abrams, D.S. (2011). Is pleading really a bargain? Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 8, 200-221.

Abrams, D.S. & Rohlfs, C. (2011). Optimal bail and the value of freedom: Evidence from the Philadelphia bail experiment. Economic Inquiry, 49(3), 750-770.

Bibas, S. (2011). Regulating the plea-bargaining market: From caveat emptor to consumer protection. California Law Review, 99, 1117. (uoted with approval in Lafler v Cooper (2012), 132 S. Ct. 1376, 1387.

Bibas, S. (2011). Sacrificing quantity for quality: Better focusing prosecutors' scarce resources. Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, 106, 138.

Bibas, S. (2011) .The myth of the fully informed rational actor. Saint Louis University Public Law Review, 31, 79. (symposium essay).

Bushway, S. & Piehl, A. (2011). Location, location, location: The impact of guideline grid location on the value of sentencing enhancements given by judges in Maryland. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies: Issue Supplement, 8, 222-238.

Cano, M. & Spohn, C. (2012). Circumventing the penalty: Assessing the impact of substantial assistance departures on mandatory minimum sentencing. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 308-332.

Dervan, L.E. (2011). Over-criminalization 2.0: The symbiotic relationship between plea bargaining and overcriminalization. The Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, 7, 645. (George Mason University School of Law, solicited response to article by Professor Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law).

Edkins, V. (2011). Defense attorney plea recommendations and client race: Does zealous representation apply equally to all? Law and Human Behavior, 35, 413-425.

Johnson, B.D. (2011). Cross-classified multilevel models: An application to the criminal case processing of indicted terrorists. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28(1), 63-189.

Spohn, C. & Brennan, P.K. (2011). The joint effects of offender race/ethnicity and sex on substantial assistance departures in federal courts. Race and Justice, 1, 49-78.

Ulmer, J.T. & Light, M. (2011). Beyond disparity: Changes in federal sentencing post-Booker and Gall. Federal Sentencing Reporter, 23(5), 333-341.


Bibas, S. & Burke-White, W.W. (2010). International idealism meets domestic-criminal-procedure realism. Duke Law Journal, 59, 637.

Dervan, L.E. (2010). The surprising lessons from plea bargaining in the shadow of terror. Georgia State University Law Review, 27, 239.

Johnson, B.D., Wingerden, S.V., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2010). Sentencing homicide offenders in the Netherlands: Offender, victim, and situational influences in criminal punishment. Criminology, 48 (4), 981-1018.

Redlich, A. D. (2010). The susceptibility of juveniles to false confessions and false guilty pleas. Rutgers Law Review, 62,

Redlich, A. D., Summers, A., & Hoover, S. (2010). Self-reported false confessions and false guilty pleas among offenders with mental illness. Law and Human Behavior, 34,

Tor, A., Gazal-Ayal, O., & Garcia, S.M. (2010). Fairness and willingness to accept plea bargain offers. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 7(1).

Ulmer, J.T., Eisenstein, J., & Johnson, B. (2010). Trial penalties in federal sentencing: Extra-guidelines factors and district variation. Justice Quarterly, 27(4), 560-592.


Bibas, S. (2012). Prosecutorial regulation versus prosecutorial accountability. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 157, 959.

Redlich, A. D. & Ozdogru, A. A. (2009). Alford pleas in the age of innocence. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 27,

Shermer, L.O. & Johnson, B.D. (2009). Criminal prosecutions: Examining prosecutorial discretion and charge reductions in U.S. Federal District Courts. Justice Quarterly, 1-37.

Spohn, C. & Fornango, R. (2009). U.S. attorneys and substantial assistance departures: Testing for inter-prosecutor disparity. Criminology, 47, 813-846.

Kramer, J.H. & Ulmer, J.T. (2009). Guilty pleas vs. trial conviction: Unwarranted disparity? In Sentencing Guidelines: Lessons from Pennsylvania (pp. 139-166). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

If you are not a Network Member but would like to share your plea decision-making research, please contact the Understanding Guilty Pleas Project at [email protected] or the PI of the project, Dr. Shawn Bushway.