Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich

Allison D. Redlich


Guilty pleas, interrogations and confessions, wrongful convictions, mental health courts, and experimental criminology

Allison Redlich, a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, was trained as an experimental psychologist but uses multiple methods to conduct her research. To a large degree, her research centers on whether legal decision-making is knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. She examines such decision-making in vulnerable (juveniles and persons with mental health problems) and non-vulnerable defendants, and across several different contexts—in the interrogation room, during the guilty plea process, and in mental health courts. Professor Redlich also studies wrongful convictions, with a particular focus on false confessions and false guilty pleas. In addition to publishing numerous articles on these and related topics, she has co-authored/edited four books, most recently two volumes on the international practices of interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects. To pursue her research, Professor Redlich has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Brain and Behavior Research Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others. She especially enjoys working with and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Selected Publications

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.

Kelly, C.E., Redlich, A.D., & Miller, J.C. (2015). Examining the meso-level domains of the interrogation taxonomy. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Redlich, A. D., Acker, J., Norris, R. J., & Bonventre, C. (2014). (Eds). Examining wrongful convictions: Stepping back, moving forward. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Meissner, C. A., Redlich, A. D., Michael, S. W., Evans, J. R., Camilletti, C. R., Bhatt, S., & Brandon, S. (2014). Accusatorial and information-gathering interrogation methods and their effects on true and false confessions: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 10, 459-486.

Redlich, A. D. & Han, W. (2013). Examining the links between therapeutic jurisprudence and mental health court completion. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 109-118.