We are proud to announce that master’s candidatehas penned an op-ed for the Toronto Star!
Published on Monday April 17, “Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer” was written as part of Abby Deshman’s graduate criminology course. In it, Nathaniel proposes that those who need the most time and help to reintegrate back into society are given the least amount of time and help to do so:
We are wasting money on prisons in Canada. Not that we should remove them, but they are certainly being overused.
Prior to the mid-1990s it was widely accepted that imprisonment is a necessary evil that should be used sparingly. Today, imprisonment is viewed as the number one way to deal with criminals. Any methods other than imprisonment are typically considered “too lenient.” What has changed?
You can read the full article here.
Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. Its focus is on research that is policy relevant. It is produced by a group of about a dozen academics and professional librarians including faculty from the University of Toronto and nearby universities and doctoral students at the University of Toronto. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner.
In the Current Issue (Vol 16, No 3), we ask:
- Are dark-skinned Blacks especially likely to be imprisoned?
- Why is some form of criminal record expungement especially important now?
- Are neighbourhoods with large numbers of registered sex offenders living in them especially likely to have high rates of sex offences?
- Are Black youths living on the street particularly vulnerable to being stopped and searched by the police?
- Do curfews for youths reduce crime?
- What determines whether airport security procedures are perceived as being fair?
- Why do young Black Americans perceive the criminal justice system as unjust?
- How did New York City reduce its imprisonment rate?
- Research on Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
- The Effects of Imprisonment: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Effects
- Issues related to Harsh Sentences and Mandatory Minimum Sentences: General Deterrence and Incapacitation
- Sex Offenders and Society’s Responses to Them
- Understanding the Impact of Police Stops
On March 23, professors Anthony Doob & Rosemary Gartner presented a report called “Understanding the Impact of Police Stops” to the Toronto Police Services Board.
Peter Rosenthal, adjunct professor of law and professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Toronto, wrote a Toronto Star op-ed about their presentation, titled “Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police.”
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Toronto Star: Law professor Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by policepraised the Doob-Gartner Report in
Toronto Star: MA student Nathaniel Schutten wrote an op-ed titled Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer
Toronto Star: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about the Toronto Police annual report on Conducted Energy Weapons, also known as Tasers
Huffington Post: Doctoral student Valentin Pereda explains Why Canada Should Care About Organized Crime In Mexico
CBC Power and Politics: Professor Audrey Macklin discusses the Trump ban and the Safe Third Country Agreement
CBC Metro Morning: Professor Audrey Macklin on whether Canada should suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement
Globe and Mail: Professor Emeritus Tony Doob discusses preliminary inquiries and the need for better data
Huffington Post: PhD student Erick Laming explains Why Canadian police services are not adopting body cameras
Huff Post: PhD student Valentin Pereda: Why did a Mexican cartel target Canadian festival organizers?
Français: Pourquoi un cartel mexicain s’en prend aux organisateurs canadiens d’un festival de musique?
SpacingToronto: Professor Mariana Valverde on The truth and post-truth about Pride and Black Lives Matter Toronto
CBC NEWS: Professor Scot Wortley comments on movement of gangs within Canada
CBC NEWS: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about police body cameras and accountability
TORONTO STAR: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about the recent taser death of Toronto man Rui Nabico
OTTAWA CITIZEN: PhD student Erick Laming publishes column on police use of force against the mentally ill
CBC NEWS: PhD student Mayana C. Slobodian is interviewed about the Truth & Reconciliation Final Report
GLOBE & MAIL: PhD alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah publishes op-ed: A hard truth: Canada’s policing style is very similar to the U.S.
TORONTO STAR: PhD Students Erick Laming and Jihyun Kwon, along with Professor Scot Wortley provide insight into Police body-worn cameras in Toronto – Police body-worn cameras ‘not a magic bullet,’ say U of T researchers
TORONTO STAR: Professor Scot Wortley provides expertise on carding. Jermaine Carby’s death like a hole in the heart, mother says at inquest
GLOBE & MAIL: Professor Patricia Erickson is interviewed by The Varsity and publishes letter to the editor regarding the legalization of marijuana
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The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1963 by Professor John Edwards, the Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science, the faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research.
The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies offers a graduate program for masters and doctoral students. The undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program is administered through the Woodsworth College. The Centre’s library (the Criminology Information Service) houses the leading Canadian research collection of criminological material, consisting of more than 25, 000 books, journals, government reports, statistics and other documents.