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.

Selected Publications

Kieckhaefer, J. M. & Luna, S. (2020). Do you think some veterans are receiving a “get out of jail free” card? Examining support for veterans treatment court as a function of mental health and offense type. Journal of Experimental Criminology. doi: 10.1007/s11292-019-09395-w

Luna, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2020). The decision to provide discovery: An examination of policies and guilty pleas. Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Luna, S., & Redlich, A.D. (2020). A national survey of veterans treatment court actors. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Courses Taught

CRIM 400, Applied Criminal Psychology 

Education

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. (2020, March). The Impact of Discovery Information and Guilt on Defendant Plea Decisions. In A. Dezember & S. Luna (Chairs) Understanding Guilty Pleas and Modeling Plea Decision-Making. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Luna, S. & Redlich, A.D. (2020, March). Examining Controversial Veterans Treatment Court Issues: Insights from Court Actors.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Luna, S., Redlich, A. D., West, J., & Petersen, K. (2019, November). The Influence of Discovery and Guilt on Defendant Plea Decisions. In R. Norris (Chair) Miscarriages of Justice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, California.