Voula Marinos, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies

Voula Marinos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
CRN - 341 
Phone (905) 688-5550, ext. 3386

Dr. Voula Marinos is an Associate Professor and holds a Ph.D in Criminology from the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on alternatives to imprisonment and diversion from the criminal justice system, law and the courts, and sentencing for both youth and adults. Three recent, specific research areas are plea bargaining, extrajudicial measures for youth, and mental health and the courts. She is part of the 3Rs Rights, Respect and Responsibility Research Team at Brock, committed to research on human rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. She is also a Member of the Canadian Centre for Lifespan Research at Brock University. Much of her work involves interviews with criminal justice professionals, court observations, and data analysis.

Research Interests:

  • crime and social and legal responses
  • deviance, law and crime
  • criminal justice policy and reform
  • plea bargaining
  • sentencing and punishment of young and adult offenders
  • diversion from the justice system
  • persons with intellectual disabilities, mental health, and the courts
  • alternatives to imprisonment
  • public and judicial perceptions of punishment of young and adult offenders


V. Marinos, D. Griffiths, C. Fergus, S. Stromski. & K. Rondeau. In press. “Victims and Witnesses with Intellectual Disability in the Criminal Justice System.” Criminal Law Quarterly.

Goodwin-De Faria, C. & V. Marinos. 2012. "Youth Understanding and Assertion of Legal Rights: Examining the Roles of Age and Power." International Journal of Children's Rights. 20(3): 343-64.

Marinos, V. 2011. "David C. May & Peter B. Wood, Ranking Correctional Punishments: View From Offenders, Practitioners, and the Public." Book Review. Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology. 13(5): 637-39.

Marinos, V., Griffiths, D., Gosse, L., Robinson, J., Olley, G. and W. Lindsay. 2008. “Rights and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Courtroom.” Pp. 124-54. In Eds. F. Owen and D. Griffiths. Challenges to the Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Marinos, V. and N. Innocente. 2008. “Factors Influencing Police Attitudes Towards Extrajudicial Measures under the YCJA.” Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice. 50: 469-90

Marinos, V. 2006. “The Meaning of `Short' Sentences of Imprisonment and Offences Against the Administration of Justice: A Perspective from the Court. Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 21(2), 2006.

Marinos, V. 2005. “Thinking About Penal Equivalents.” Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology. 7(4): 441-56.

Marinos, V. & D. Griffiths. 2005. Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Participation in the Courtroom. (Monograph)Ottawa: National Judicial Institute.


D. Griffiths, Marinos, V., Fergus, C. & S. Stromski (Presenters). “Dual Diagnosis and the Courts.” Presented at the International Dual Diagnosis Conference. Miami, FLA. June 4, 2014.

Marinos, V. (Presenter) & D. Gregory. "Balancing Multiple Objectives of Youth Justice: The Tale of a Guilty Plea Court & A Youth Therapeutic Court in Ontario, Canada." Presented at the Law & Society Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Marinos, V. "The Changing Face of Plea Bargaining in Canada." American Society of Criminology Conference. San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2010.

Marinos, V. " The Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and the Canadian Criminal Justice System: Contexts and Gaps." Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Human Rights, April 21-22, 2010.

Marinos, V. 2007. “Plea Bargaining and Administrative Pressures in the Courts: A Neglected Feature of Conceptualizing Punishment as Multidimensional.” European Society of Criminology, September 28, 2007. Bologna, Italy.


Steering Committee, St. Catharines Youth Mental Health Court.

Member, Niagara Justice Collaborative, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Volunteer, Fundraising Committee, George Hull Centre for Children and Families, Toronto.