Professor Adam Benforado’s “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice,” has won the American Psychology-Law Society’s 2017 Book Award, which will be conferred at the organization’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington on March 18.
Benforado’s book explores underlying flaws in the legal system that flow from human prejudices that affect everything from the ways police are trained to question suspects to the ways jurors assess witness credibility.
Since its publication in 2015, the book has won widespread recognition, including appearances on the New York Times and Audible.com Best Seller lists and selection as an Amazon Best Nonfiction Book of the Month and a Greater Good Favorite Book.
The book has also been selected as a Silicon Valley Reads book for 2017. Silicon Valley Reads is an annual program in Santa Clara County, California that promotes reading about and discussion of a contemporary theme.
As one of two books selected for the program in 2017, Benforado’s work is part of an intensive schedule of events. He is making a flurry of appearances at venues in Los Gatos, San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountainview and Campbell in March.
Benforado spoke at a conference on implicit bias – a theme explored in his book – during Harvard Law School’s Behavioral Science Week in February.