Richard Leo to be Honored by American Society of Criminology

Posted Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:52

The American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing will present its 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award to Hamill Family Chair Professor of Law and Social Psychology Richard Leo at its annual conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 16.

This award recognizes an established academic who has made outstanding contributions to the field of policing.

“Professor Leo was selected as this year’s award recipient out of a strong pool of nominations and is well deserving of the honor,” said Arizona State University Professor William Terrill, chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing. “His work is widely recognized and respected throughout the scholarly and practitioner communities, and the Division of Policing is happy to honor his accomplishments.”

Leo is one of the leading experts in the world on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent. Earlier this year, Leo also received the Academic Excellence Award from the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group in recognition of his outstanding achievements to ethical investigative interviewing. He has a new book coming next year, The Innocence Revolution: A Popular History of the American Discovery of the Wrongfully Convicted, co-authored with Tom Wells.