Melissa Hamilton is a former police officer, former corrections officer and former judicial clerk.
Hamilton has expertise in interpersonal violence, constitutional law, gun control legislation, domestic violence, sexual assault, sentencing, policing, criminal procedure, correctional law, death penalty, juvenile justice, drug law and policy and victimization.
Visiting Criminal Law Scholar, University of Houston Law Center
University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D
University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
Back to the Future: The Influence of Criminal History on Risk Assessment, 20 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 75
Adventures in Risk: Predicting Violent and Sexual Recidivism in Sentencing Law, 47 Arizona State Law Journal 1
The Reliability of Assault Victims’ Immediate Accounts: Evidence from Trauma Studies, 26 Stanford Law & Policy Review 269
Risk and Needs Assessment: Constitutional and Ethical Challenges, 52 American Criminal Law Review 231
McSentencing: Mass Federal Sentencing and the Law of Unintended Consequences, 35 Cardozo Law Review 2199
Prison-by-Default: Challenging the Presumption of Prison in Federal Sentencing, 51 Houston Law Review 1271
Sentencing Policy Adjudication and Empiricism, 30 Georgia State Law Journal 375
Adjudicating Sex Crimes as Mental Disease, 33 Pace Law Review 536
The Child Pornography Crusade and its Net Widening Effect, 33 Cardozo Law Review 1679
Reinvigorating Actus Reus: The Case for Involuntary Actions by Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 16 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 340
The Efficacy of Severe Child Pornography Sentencing: Empirical Validity or Political Rhetoric?, 22 Stanford Law & Policy Review 545
Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence, 26 Journal of Interpersonal Violence 1559
Public Safety, Individual Liberty, and Suspect Science: Future Dangerousness Assessments and Sex Offender Laws, 83 Temple Law Review 697