Marvin Zalman - Professor

Dr. Zalman's CV

Justice and Law in Criminal Justice

My research applies legal and social science approaches to exploring questions of justice in the administration of the criminal justice system. I have a long standing interest in exploring the impact of the crime control process on civil liberties and the wrongful conviction of factually innocent people.

Current Research Interests

  • Causes of wrongful convictions and exonerations. What factors in combination lead to the wrongful prosecution and wrongful conviction of innocent people?

  • Wrongful conviction incidence. How many people are wrongfully convicted?

  • Wrongful conviction policy. How is the innocence movement advancing criminal justice system reforms designed to reduce wrongful convictions?

  • The role of exonerees. Why are some exonerated people active in advancing innocence reforms?

  • Wrongful convictions in China. What are the implications of Chinese scholarship on wrongful convictions in that country for the Chinese legal and criminal justice systems? 

Teaching Interests

  • Undergraduate: Constitutional Criminal Procedure (CRJ 4740); Judicial Process (CRJ 3700)
  • Graduate: Contemporary Criminal Justice (CRJ 7010); Special Topics: Wrongful Conviction (CRJ 7995)

Selected Recent Publications

  • Zalman, M. & J. Carrano (2014). The Sustainability of Innocence Reform. Albany Law Review 77: 955-1003.
  • Zalman, M. & J. Carrano (Eds.) (2014). Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice (Routledge).
  • Zalman, M. (2014). The Detective and Wrongful Conviction, in M. Zalman & J. Carrano, Eds., Wrongful Conviction & Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice (Routledge).
  • Zalman, M. (2014). Measuring Wrongful Convictions. In Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, eds, David Weisburd and Gerben Bruinsma (Springer Verlag).
  • Zalman, M. (2014). Theorizing Wrongful Conviction (2014). in A. D. Redlich, J. R. Acker, R. Norris, and C. Bonventre, Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward (pp. 283-300) (Durham: Carolina Academic Press).
  • Marion, N. & M. Zalman (2014). Towards a Theory of Innocence Policy Reform, in S. L. Cooper (ed.), Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (pp. 175-196) (Farnum, UK: Ashgate) [Controversies in American Constitutional Law series]
  • Wu, Y. & M. Zalman (2013). Wrongful Conviction in China: Analyzing the Scholarship. Crime and Criminal Justice International, 21(3), 1-44.
  • Zalman, M. (2013), Edwin Borchard and the Limits of Innocence Reform, in C. R. Huff & M. Killias, (eds.), Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems (New York: Routledge).
  • Zalman, M., M. Larson, & B. Smith (2012). Citizens’ Attitudes toward Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Justice Review 37(1): 51-69.
  • Smith, B., M. Zalman, and A. Kiger (2011). How Justice System Officials View Wrongful Conviction, Crime & Delinquency 57(5): 663-685.


  • 2013 State University of New York, School of Criminal Justice, Distinguished Alumni Award and graduate student commencement speaker.

Editorial Boards

  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Criminal Law Bulletin
  • Journal of Criminal Justice and Law


  • State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, 1977
  • State University of New York at Albany, M.A. in Criminal Justice, 1972
  • Brooklyn Law School. J.D., 1966
  • Cornell University. B.A. in History, 1963  
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Research Area
Criminal justice policy
Law and Society
Legal Issues
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