Lina Marmolejo

Lina Marmolejo

Lina Marmolejo

Crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, international development, pre-trial justice, corrections, re-entry

Lina Marmolejo is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University. Her research interests include criminal justice and security sector reform, pretrial justice, community corrections, rehabilitation and reentry programs. Her dissertation research examines pretrial decisions, processes and outcomes of justice involved adults from five Caribbean countries: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname. Prior to joining GMU, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States, in the design, management and implementation of international development projects, with an emphasis on crime and violence prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Selected Publications

Marmolejo, L., Seepersad, R., Rudes, D., & Taxman, F.S. (2021). Exploring Pretrial Detention and Pretrial Processes in five Caribbean Countries. In Scott-Hayward, C.S., Copp, J.E., & Demuth, S. (Eds.) Handbook on Pretrial Justice. Philadelphia, PA: Routledge. 

Marmolejo, L., Barberi, D., Bergman, M., Espinoza, O., & Fondevila, G. (2020). Responding to COVID-19 in Latin American prisons: The cases of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Victims & Offenders.

Rapisarda, S., Byrne, J., & Marmolejo, L. (2020). An Examination of COVID-19 Outbreaks in South American Prisons and Jails. Victims and Offenders.

Rapisarda, S., Byrne, J., & Marmolejo, L. (2020). An Examination of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Prisons and Jails in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Victims and Offenders

Dezember, A., Stoltz, M., Marmolejo, L., Kanewske, L.C., Doyle Feingold, K., Wire, S., Duhaime, L., & Maupin, C. (2020). The Lack of Experimental Research in Criminology: Evidence from Criminology and Justice Quarterly. Journal of Experimental Criminology. 

Rengifo, A. F., & Marmolejo, L. (2020). From Action to Representation: Indicators of Defense Performance in a Sample of Pretrial Hearings in Colombia. [in Spanish]. Latin American Law Review, No. 04, 1-23.

Marmolejo, L. (2020, July). Book review, Metodología de Investigación en Criminología, by R., Barberet, R., Bartolomé, & E., Fernández-Molina (Eds.). [in Spanish]. Política Criminal. 15 (29), 488-492.

Byrne, J., Kras, K., & Marmolejo, L. (2019). International Perspectives on the Privatization of Corrections. Criminology and Public Policy. 18 (2), 477-503.

Marmolejo, L., Byrne, J., & Taxman, F.S. (2019). Innovations to Transform Probation Supervision: An Examination of Experiences across eleven US Agencies. In P. H. Graham, McNeill, P. Raynor, F. Taxman & C. Trotter & (Editors). The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. London: Routledge.


Grants and Fellowships

Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, American Society of Criminology (2020)

Graduate Fellowship for Global Research, Division of International Criminology, American Society of Criminology (2020)

Doctoral Summer Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost, GMU (2020)

Doctoral Summer Research Fellowship, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, GMU (2019)


M.S. (Public Administration), Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), Paris.

B.A. (Finance and International Relations), Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota.