Amy Dezember

Amy Dezember

Amy Dezember

Plea bargaining, Legal decision-making, Court procedures and processes

Amy is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society and a Graduate Research Assistant in the MoDiLS Lab. She is currently working with Dr. Allison D. Redlich on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice looking at youth and adult engagement in the plea bargaining process. Her research interests include plea bargaining, Alford pleas, legal decision-making, juvenile transfer, juvenile's experiences in the system, and other court procedures and processes. 

Prior to coming to GMU, she worked in a variety of fields, including at a criminal justice research firm, a juvenile sentencing advocacy and policy non-profit, and the federal public defender's office. 

Current Research

Youth and Adult Engagement in the Plea Bargaining Process (Supervisor: Dr. Allison D. Redlich)

Selected Publications

Dezember, A. & Redlich, A. D. (forthcoming). Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Trial: The Role of Evidence and Prosecutorial Discretion. In C. Spohn & P. Brennan (Eds.), Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.

Luna, S., Dezember, A., & Redlich, A.D. (forthcoming). The Validity of Misdemeanor Pleas. In A. Smith & S. Maddan (Eds.), The Lower Criminal Courts. New York: Routledge. 

Byrne, J.M. & Dezember, A. (2016). The Research Director Perspective on the Design, Implementation, and Impact of Risk Assessment and Offender Classification Systems in USA Prisons: A National Survey. In F.S. Taxman (Ed.), Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice (pp. 49-64). New York: Routledge. 

Via, B., Dezember, A., Taxman, F.S. (2016). Exploring How to Measure Criminogenic Needs: Five Instruments and No Real Answers. In F.S. Taxman (Ed.), Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice (pp. 312-330). New York: Routledge.

Grants and Fellowships

Provost Summer Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost, George Mason University (2018)

Doctoral Summer Scholarship, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University (2017)

Shirley Fox Scholarship, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University (2017)

Benefactors Award, Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, American University (2012)

Courses Taught

CRIM 305: Crime and Crime Policy

CRIM 307: Social Inequalities & Crime

CRIM 495: Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (recitation section)

Education

M.S. (Justice, Law and Society), American University

B.A. (Criminal Justice & Sociology), Gonzaga University

Recent Presentations

Dezember, A., Woestehoff, S.A., Manley, M., & Redlich, A.D (2018, March) Alford Pleas and the Presumption of Strong Evidence. In M. M. Wilford (Chair) A System of Pleas. Paper presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, Memphis, TN.

Woestehoff, S.A., Cathcart, E., Dezember, A., Marquina, A., Quas, J.A. & Redlich, A.D (2018, March) Defendants’ Engagement in Juvenile and Criminal Plea Hearings. In S. Woestehoff (Chair) Juveniles and Guilty Pleas. Paper presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, Memphis, TN.

Dezember, A., Woestehoff, S., & Redlich, A.D. (2017, November). Does it Pay to Plea: The Strength of Evidence in the Bargaining Process? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA. 

Doyle Feingold, K. & Dezember, A. (2017, November). Jury Sentencing and the Trial Penalty. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Woestehoff, S.A., Redlich, A.D., Dezember, A., Cathcart, E., & Quas, J.A. (2017, November).  Talking to Youth about Pleading Guilty: Perceptions of Judges, Attorneys, and Advocates. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.