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Jessica S Henry

Professor, Justice Studies

BA, Bucknell University
JD, New York University School of Law
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Jessica Henry is an author, legal commentator, blogger and social justice advocate. After obtaining her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, Henry served as a public defender in New York City for nearly a decade. Professor Henry is the author of the book, Smoke But No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened (U.C. Press 2020),

Professor Henry has written numerous articles for academic and mainstream publications. Her research interests include wrongful convictions, severe sentences (including the death penalty and life without parole), and hate crimes. She frequently appears as a commentator on national and local television and radio, and has been widely cited in the mainstream media. Professor Henry was awarded the 2022 University Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarship.

In 2015, Henry received the Montclair State University Distinguished Teacher Award for her excellence in teaching. Henry teaches a wide range of classes including Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Law and Procedure, Death Penalty Perspectives, and Hate Crimes. Visit her website at


Jessica Henry is an expert in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on criminal law and procedure, criminal justice policy, criminal justice reform, wrongful convictions, and sentencing including the death penalty and life without parole.