Samantha Luna, a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society, has received a Law and Science Dissertation Grant from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research. Samantha’s dissertation will test a theoretical definition of coercion during plea negotiations that was developed by synthesizing philosophical, legal, and psychological theory, and will also examine third party assessments of plea coercion claims. Her research will shed light on how theoretical elements of coercion interact to impact plea decision-making and evaluations of coercion. Additionally, an empirically tested definition of coercion will increase understanding of coercive plea practices and voluntary plea decisions. Dr. Allison Redlich is the chair of Samantha’s dissertation committee.
September 21, 2021