Sam is a first-year PhD student from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. She obtained her B.A. in Criminology from the Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, Sam worked as a research assistant for Dr. Derek Kreager on the Prison Inmate Networks Study, which tracks the social networks of prison inmates in various state correctional institutions. Additionally, she was an intern for the Reentry Services Office at SCI Rockview. Her current research interests include prison reentry, mental health in corrections, and program evaluation.