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Jon B. Gould, JD, PhD Biography

Professor of Justice, Law, and Society at American University
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“A decision not to seek the death penalty against a defendant has large and immediate cost-saving consequences. The sooner that decision is made, the larger the savings. Since the death penalty ultimately is sough against only a small number of the defendants charged with death-eligible offenses, the process for identifying those defendants should be expeditious in order to preserve funding and minimize the unnecessary expenditure of resources. The current process, however is not expeditious; rather, even in cases in which authorization for capital prosecution is viewed as unlikely by both the prosecution and the defense, the process is lengthy and seemingly inefficient, involving multiple levels of review, and results in unnecessaru costs being incurred.”

“Report to the Committee on Defender Services Judicial Conference of the Unites States Update on the Cost and Quality of Defense Representation in Federal Death Penalty Cases,” (accessed Aug. 9, 2012), Sep. 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Justice, Law, and Society, American University
  • Chair, Innocence Committee for Virginia
  • Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs
  • Principal Investigator, Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project
  • Affiliate Professor, Washington College of Law
  • Associate Editor, Justice System Journal
  • Board of Directors, American Judicature Society
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Law & Society Review
  • Associate Professor and Director, Center for Justice, Law, and Society at George Mason University, 1999-2010
  • Fellow, US Supreme Court, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California Berkeley, 1996-1999
  • College Counsel and Special Assistant, President of Beliot College, 1992-1994
  • Fellow and Acting Assistant Director, International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law, 1991-1996
  • Fellow and Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1991
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1999
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989
  • MPP, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1989
  • AB, highest honors, University of Michigan, 1985
  • Member, American University Self-Study Steering Committee, 2012
  • Participant, The Century Foundation’s “A System Still Broken: Reports on the 2001 Elections,” 2001
  • Practicing Attorney, Mayer, Brown, & Platt, 1989-1991
  • Former Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Former Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences
  • Former Fellow, American Society of Criminology
  • Former Board of Directors Member, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project