Andrew J. Madrigal

Andrew J. Madrigal

Andrew J. Madrigal

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Wrongful convictions, Juvenile Justice, Social Justice

Andrew J. Madrigal is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He received his BS and MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach in 2017 and 2019. His research interests revolve around changing and reforming the criminal justice system. These research interests include wrongful convictions, social justice issues, and juvenile justice.

Andrew’s research interests come from having his father (Rafael Madrigal Jr.) wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 53 years to life in prison, to which he spent over nine years before his exoneration with the assistance of the California Innocence Project. He is working towards research that can contribute to policies that assist exonerees post-incarceration. To learn more about his father’s case and wrongful convictions, follow this link

Andrew is a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Jin Lee for the course CRIM 210: Introduction to Criminology.

Andrew also works under Dr. Robert J. Norris and the Innocence Research Workshop as a Graduate Research Assistant, where he assists in providing resources related to wrongful arrests, convictions, and miscarriages of justice.

Current Research

Catlin, M., & Madrigal, A. J., (in prep). When Does the Punishment end?: Enduring Harm as Prosecutors Work to Maintain Power. In Rudes, D.S.

Madrigal, A.J. (in prep). Caught in Limbo: Exonerees’ Fight for formal exoneration. Manuscript in preparation.

Selected Publications

*Madrigal, A.J., & Norris, R. J. (submitted). The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain: State Harm, the Aftermath of Exoneration, and Compensation for the Wrongly Convicted.

*denotes equal authorship

Grants and Fellowships

2022                George Mason Graduate Student Travel Fund Award

2022                CLS Graduate Student Travel Award

2021                CLS Graduate Student Travel Award

2021                CLS Doctoral Student Summer Research Scholarship

2020                Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Fellowship

Courses Taught

CRIM 220: Introduction to Law and Society (Summer 2022)

CRIM 210: Introduction to Criminology (Spring 2022 [TA])

CRIM 495: Senior Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society : Terrorism (Fall 2021 [TA])


M.S. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach, 2019

B.S. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach, 2017

A.S. in Administration of  Justice, Rio Hondo College, 2015

Recent Presentations

Brown, R., Madrigal, A.J., Meterko, V., & Norris, R.J. (2022, February 9). Wrongful convictions in the criminal legal system. Oral presentation given at University of North Carolina Pembroke. Social Justice Symposium.

Bunch, K.B., Bunch, M.B., Madrigal, A.J., & Burns, M. (Upcoming [2022, April 8]). Families of the wrongfully convicted speak out – supporting the innocent post-release. Roundtable discussion to be given at the 2022 Innocence Network Conference, Phoenix.

Madrigal, A.J. (Upcoming [2022, April 29]). Lived Experiences Panel: Navigating Justice Spaces and Identifying Opportunities for Change. Oral presentation to be given at The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, George Mason University Virtual symposium: Charting a course toward social justice in corrections.

Madrigal, A.J. & Norris, R.J. (2021, November 17). The good, the bad, and the uncertain: Exoneree reentry services in the United States. Oral presentation given at the 2021 American Society of Criminology Conference, Chicago, IL.