Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Samantha Luna

Graduate Research Assistant

Specialty courts, legal decision-making, and false admissions of guilt

Samantha Luna is a doctoral candidate 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

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.

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

Courses Taught

CRIM 315, Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

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., Dianiska, R., Hardin, K., Quas, J., & Redlich, A.D. (2021, September). Assessing Investigator Practices for Questioning Suspected Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking. Virtual presentation at the annual meeting of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group.

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.