Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Graduate Research Assistant

Specialty Courts, Legal Decision-Making, and False Admissions of Guilt

Samantha Luna is a doctoral student in the Criminology, Law and Society program and a Graduate Research Assistant in the MODILS Lab. Her research interests generally include specialty courts, legal decision-making, and false admissions of guilt.

Current Research

The Influence of Discovery on True and False Guilty Plea Offers and Decisions

Selected Publications

Luna, S., Dezember, A., & Redlich, A.D. (2019). The Validity of Misdemeanor Pleas. In A. Smith & S. Maddan (Eds.), The Lower Criminal Courts (pp. 66-75). New York: Routledge.

Courses Taught

CRIM 400, Applied Criminal Psychology 


B.S. in Criminology-Forensic Behavioral Sciences, California State University:Fresno 

M.A. in Criminology, Law & Society, George Mason University 

Recent Presentations

Luna, S., Redlich, A. D., & Woestehoff, S. (2019, March). Reducing Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Impact of Two Discovery Policies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon.

Luna, S. & Redlich, A. D. (2019, February). A National Survey of Veterans Treatment Court Actors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Society of Criminology in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Luna, S., Woestehoff, S., & Redlich, A. D. (2018, November). Examining the Impact of Discovery Policies on Prosecutorial Misconduct. In R. Norris (Chair) Wrongful Convictions: Prosecutors, Public Attitudes, and Jailhouse Lawyers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta, Georgia.