Courts, Pre-trial, Mixed Methods


Luis C. Torres joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University as a postdoctoral fellow in 2022. Before joining Temple University, he completed his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri—St. Louis in 2022. He earned his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University—Newark, School of Criminal Justice. His dissertation work examined how various characteristics of courtroom workgroups influence the efficiency of the court process and detention hearing case outcomes. Further, the study links such efficiencies to case outcomes.

Dr. Torres’s research primarily focuses in the areas of courts, pre-trial proceedings, judicial decision-making, and courtroom workgroups. While doing so, he is interested in how factors, beyond the conventional legal and non-legal typically examined in court studies, influence courtroom processes and decision-making. During his time as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Torres plans to use observational court data to further unpack these relationships and their influence on equal justice. 

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Courts & Criminal Justice