Amanda Witwer

Amanda   Witwer
  • PhD Student
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • BA 2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill





Amanda R. Witwer is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Her research interests include judicial decision making, sentencing guideline systems, and program evaluation. Amanda’s work has been published in Crime & Delinquency, Federal Probation, and Public Administration Review. Her recent article on the relaxation of Michigan's sentencing guidelines won the Ben Steiner Excellence in Corrections Student Paper Award. Before pursuing a doctoral degree, she supported research on innovative programs and policies as a Research Analyst at RTI International and served as a Research Assistant with the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.

Selected Publications

Witwer, A.R. (2023). Discretion and Disagreement: A Longitudinal Study of Departures Under Presumptive and Advisory Sentencing Guidelines. Crime & Delinquency.


Hamm, J.A., Ropp, J.W., Witwer, A., & Scott, B.A. (2023). Self-Efficacy, Prosocial Impact, and Self-Legitimacy as Psychological Predictors of Judicial Officer Performance. Public Administration Review.

DeMichele, M., Baumgartner, P., Wenger, M., Comfort, M., & Witwer, A. (2023). Where’s the Bias: No Evidence of Bias by Sex When Testing the Public Safety Assessment. Crime & Delinquency.

Langton, L., Planty, M., Banks, D., Witwer, A., Woods, D., Vermeer, M. & Jackson, B. Sex Trafficking and Substance Use: Identifying High Priority Needs Within the Criminal Justice System. National Institute of Justice (as part of the Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative). 2022.

Oblea, P.N., Adams, A.R., Nguyen-Wu, E.D., Hawley-Molloy, J.S., Balsam, K., Badger, T.A., Witwer, A.R., & Cartwright, J. (2022). Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Health-Care Experiences in a Military Population. Journal of Homosexuality.

Witwer, A., Langton, L., Banks, D., Woods, D., Vermeer, M., Jackson, B. Online Dispute Resolution: Perspectives to Support Successful Implementation and Outcomes in Court Proceedings. National Institute of Justice (as part of the Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative). 2021.

Hamm, J.A., Ropp J., Scott B.A., Witwer, A.R. Virtual Courtroom Survey: Analysis Report. Michigan Supreme Court. 2021.

Lattimore, P., Tueller, S., Levin-Rector, A., Witwer, A. (2020). The Prevalence of Local Criminal Justice PracticesFederal Probation.

Witwer, A., Langton, L., Vermeer, M., Banks, D., Woods, D., & Jackson, B. Countering technology-facilitated abuse: Criminal justice strategies for combating nonconsensual pornography, sextortion, doxing and swatting. National Institute of Justice. 2020.

Gourdet, C., Witwer, A., Langton, L., Banks, D., Planty, M., Woods, D., & Jackson, B. Court appearances in criminal proceedings through telepresence: Identifying research and practice needs to preserve fairness while leveraging new technology. National Institute of Justice. 2020.