Susan A. Bandes
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Bandes' research focuses on the legal barriers to governmental accountability (in policing and other areas) and on how the legal system can better utilize insights from fields that study decision-making and institutional design. Bandes is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a founder of the Collaborative Research Network on Law and Emotion.
Discusses how a defendant's failure to show visible remorse in the courtroom is one of the most powerful influences on sentencing, yet there is no evidence the jurors or other legal decision-makers can evaluate remorse. Examines the state of knowledge on evaluating remorse and recommends legal reforms.
Explores the challenges of addressing the moral and emotional dimensions of police brutality within the traditional constitutional criminal procedure framework.
Argues for a more nuanced view of emotion's role in evaluating proof and prejudice, using crime scene photos and victim impact statements to illustrate the argument.
Describes the emergence of the interdisciplinary field of Emotion and the Law, its scope, its challenges, and directions for the future.
Discusses the media's difficulties portraying the systemic barriers to police reform and the innovations of HBO's The Wire.
Addresses the role that emotions play or ought to play in the theory and practice of law.