Faculty Profiles

Beth Colgan

Beth A. Colgan

Assistant Professor of Law
B.A. Stanford University, 1995
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 2000
UCLA Faculty Since 2014

Articles and Chapters

The Excessive Fines Clause: Challenging the Modern Debtors' Prison, 65(2) UCLA Law Review (2018). Full Text
Graduating Economic Sanctions According to Ability to Pay, 103 Iowa Law Review 53 (2017).
Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures, in Academy For Justice: A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform (Erik Luna, ed., 2017). Full Text
Lessons from Ferguson on Individual Defense Representation as a Tool of Systemic Reform, 58 William and Mary Law Review 1171 (2017). Full Text
Paying for Gideon, 99 Iowa Law Review 1929 (2014). Full Text
Reviving the Excessive Fines Clause, 102(2) California Law Review 277 (2014). Full Text
Alleyne v. United States, Age as an Element, and the Retroactivity of Miller v. Alabama, 61 UCLA Law Review Discourse 262 (2013). Full Text
Constitutional Line Drawing at the Intersection of Childhood and Crime, 9 Stanford Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Journal 79 (2013). Full Text
Public Health and Safety Consequences of Denying Access to Justice for Victims of Prison Staff Sexual Misconduct, 18 UCLA Women's Law Journal 195 (2012). Full Text
Justice Deserts: Spatial Inequality and Local Funding of Indigent Defense (with Lisa R. Pruitt), 52 Arizona Law Review 219 (2010). Full Text
The Presidential Politics of Prisoner Reentry Reform, 20 Federal Sentencing Reporter 110 (2007). Full Text
Teaching a Prisoner to Fish: Getting Tough on Crime by Preparing Prisoners to Reenter Society, 5 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 219 (2006). Full Text
Tales from the Juvenile Confession Front: A Guide to How Standard Police Interrogation Tactics Can Produce Coerced and False Confessions from Juvenile Suspects (with Steven A. Drizin), in Perspectives in Law & Psychology #20: Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment 127 (edited by G. Daniel Lassiter, Springer, 2004).
Street Children in Tanzania: Effects of Economy and Education (with Daniella Mayer, et al), 20 Children's Legal Rights Journal 2 (2000-2001).
Let the Cameras Roll: Mandatory Videotaping of Interrogations Is the Solution to Illinois’ Problem of False Confessions (with Steven A. Drizin), 32 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 337 (2001).

Other Publications

A Just Alternative to Sentencing Youth to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole (with Jody Kent), American Constitution Society Advance (2010).
A Reexamination of Youth Involvement in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Washington: Implications of New Findings About Juvenile Recidivism and Adolescent Brain Development (2009).
New Study Reveals Collateral Consequences of, and Disparities in, the Assessment of Legal Financial Obligations, Washington Criminal Defense (Feb. 2009).
Treating Juveniles as Adults and Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles: Where Do We Go From Here?, Washington St. Bar Association Course Book (2008).
A Well-Grounded Fear: Civil Reform of Criminal Justice, 41 Clearinghouse Review 232 (2007).
Prisoner Reentry Reform Takes Spotlight in 2007 Legislature (with Bruce Neas), 21 Washington Criminal Defense (Aug. 2007).
Making Gideon Real: Washington Counties and the Duty to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel (with David F. Taylor & Donald B. Scaramastra), Washington St. Bar News (Feb. 2007).