Craig Haney's research concerns the application of social psychological principles and data to various legal and civil rights issues. He has specialized in the assessment of institutional environments, especially individual adjustment and the psychological effects of incarceration, as well as study of the social histories of persons convicted of violent crimes. He has also worked on the way in which attitudes
and beliefs about crime and punishment are changed by legal procedures (such as death qualification), as well as the role such attitudes and beliefs play in influencing legal fairness and impartiality.
Haney and his students are currently involved in research projects examining the social histories of persons convicted of serious violent crime, the role of pretrial publicity in creating juror prejudice and prejudgment, the social psychology of police interrogations, the structure of criminal justice attitudes, and the mechanisms that underlie discriminatory legal decision making.
Haney's work is highly applied and policy oriented, and he tries to involve his students in examining issues that have real-world legal significance. His students use a variety of research methods in approaching these topics, from experimentation to survey research and participant observation. Many of his students conduct field research in actual legal settings as part of their graduate training.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Haney, C. (2006). Reforming punishment: Psychological limits to the pains of imprisonment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Haney, C. (2005). Death by design: Capital punishment as a social psychological system. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Haney, C. (2008). Evolving standards of decency: Advancing the nature and logic of capital mitigation. Hofstra Law Review, 36, 835-882.
- Haney, C. (2008). A culture of harm: Taming the dynamics of cruelty in supermax prisons. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 956-984.
- Haney, C. (2006). The wages of prison overcrowding: Harmful psychological consequences and dysfunctional correctional reactions. Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, 22, 265-293.
- Haney, C. (2005). Exonerations and wrongful condemnations: Expanding the zone of perceived injustice in capital cases. Golden Gate Law Review, 37, 131-173.
- Haney, C. (2004). Condemning the other in death penalty trials: Biographical racism, structural mitigation, and the empathic divide. DePaul Law Review, 53, 1557-1590.
- Haney, C. (2003). Mental health issues in long-term solitary and "supermax" confinement. Crime & Delinquency, 49, 124-156.
- Haney, C. (2002). Making law modern: Toward a contextual model of justice. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 7, 3-63.
- Haney, C. (1995). The social context of capital murder: Social histories and the logic of mitigation. Santa Clara Law Review, 35, 547-609.
- Haney, C. (1993). Psychology and legal change: The impact of a decade. Law and Human Behavior, 17, 371-98.
- Haney, C., & Lynch, M. (1994). Comprehending life and death matters: A preliminary study of California's capital penalty instructions. Law and Human Behavior, 18, 223-248.
- Haney, C., & Zimbardo, P. (1998). The past and future of U.S. prison policy: Twenty-five years after the Stanford Prison Experiment. American Psychologist, 53, 709-727.
- Graduate Research Methods
- Psychology and Law A & B
- The Social Context
Department of Psychology
379 Social Sciences II
University of California
Santa Cruz, California 95064
- Phone: (831) 459-2153