Voula Marinos

Associate Professor

Office: CRN 341
905-688-5550 x3386

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 currently focused on three primary areas: diversion of youth and adults from the formal court process; mental health, intellectual disabilities, law and the courts; and plea bargaining and sentencing of youth and adults. She is a Member of the Canadian Centre for Lifespan Research at Brock University. She was part of the 3Rs Rights, Respect and Responsibility Research Team at Brock, committed to research on human rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. Much of her work involves interviews with criminal justice professionals and court observations. She lectures widely to criminal justice professionals, law students, and community-based organizations about her research and criminal justice policy. Dr. Marinos teaches courses in the department relating to youth law (CHYS 3P39), young offenders and youth justice (CHYS 3P40), sentencing and punishment of young offenders (CHYS 4P39), and the Policies for Children and Youth, Canadian Perspectives (CHYS 3P27).

  • court processes and criminal law
  • plea bargaining
  • criminal justice policy and reform
  • sentencing and punishment of young and adult offenders
  • diversion from the justice system
  • mental health, intellectual disabilities, and the courts
  • alternatives to imprisonment
  • Marinos, V., Stromski, S., Whittingham, L. & Griffiths, D.  Eds. 2020. Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System. NADD: Kingston, NY.
  • Marinos, V. & Whittingham, L. 2019. “The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Support Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Courtroom: Reflections from Ontario, Canada.” International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 63, 18 – 25.
  • Marinos, V. & D. Gregory. 2017. “The Tale of A Youth Guilty Plea Court & A Youth Mental Health Court in Ontario, Canada: How Different Are They in Practice?” International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. 2(1):25-59.
  • Marinos, V., Innocente, N. & C. Goodwin-DeFaria. 2017. “Giving Voice: Prioritizing Youth Agency in Criminal Justice Diversion.” In Chen, X., Raby, R. & P. Albanese. Eds. The Sociology of Childhood and Youth Studies in Canada: Categories, Inequalities, Engagements pp.256-74. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Marinos, V., Robinson, J., Gosse, L., Fergus, C., & D. Griffiths. 2017. “Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System: A View from Criminal Justice Professionals in Ontario.” Criminal Law Quarterly. 64(1)&(2).
  • Hyde, C., Marinos, V. & N. Innocente. 2016. “What Do Meaningful Consequences and Fair and Proportionate Accountability Mean to Youth Offered Extrajudicial Sanctions in Ontario?” Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice. 58(2): 194-220.
  • V. Marinos, D. Griffiths, C. Fergus, S. Stromski. & K. Rondeau. 2014. “Victims and Witnesses with Intellectual Disability in the Criminal Justice System.” Criminal Law Quarterly. 61(4): 517-30.
  • Varma, K. & V. Marinos. 2013. “Three Decades of Public Attitudes Research on Crime and Punishment in Canada”. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 55(4): 549:562.
  • 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.
  • Marinos, V. (with Lisa Whittingham). 2017. “The Accommodating Court?: Seeking Procedural Justice through a Therapeutic Lens for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities within the Criminal Court Process.” Presented at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. July 13, 2017.
  • Marinos, V. 2016. “Negotiated Justice: Reflections from Defence Counsel in Ontario.” Canadian Sociology Association. June 4, 2016. Calgary, AB.
  • Innocente, N., Marinos, V. & C. Goodwin-DeFaria. 2016. “Giving Voice: Prioritizing Youth Agency in Criminal Justice Diversion.” Canadian Sociology Association. Congress. June 4, 2016. Calgary, AB.
  • D. Griffiths, Marinos, V., Fergus, C. & S. Stromski (Presenters). 2014. “Dual Diagnosis and the Courts.” Presented at the International Dual Diagnosis Conference. June 4, 2014. Miami, FLA.
  • Marinos, V. (Presenter) & D. Gregory. 2012.”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. Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Marinos, V. “The Changing Face of Plea Bargaining in Canada.” 2010. American Society of Criminology Conference. November 17, 2010. San Francisco, CA.
  • 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. Niagara, ON.
  • 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.
  • Youth Resources Niagara. Applied Research with CHYS 4th year undergraduate students.
  • Chair, Research Ethics Board, John Howard Society of Ontario.
  • 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.