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Congratulations are in order to three Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies doctoral candidates convocating this month. Maria Jung, Lysandra Marshall, and Meghana Rao are all joining the ranks of proud Centre alumni. Maria Jung’s dissertation, titled “The Relationship between Immigration and Crime: 1976-2011,” was completed under the guidance of Prof. Rosemary Gartner. She also completed her MA in Criminology. Lysandra Marshall’s dissertation, “Racial Disparities in Police Stops in Kingston, Ontario: Democratic Racism and Canadian Racial Profiling in Theoretical Perspective,” was supervised by Prof. Scot Wortley, with whom Lysandra also published an article.  Meghana Rao’s “Troubling Suicide: Law, Medicine and Hijra Suicides in India,” was supervised by Prof. Mariana Valverde. We are sad to see them go, but excited to see where their careers take them!

In more exciting news, doctoral candidate Holly Pelvin has been awarded the top-ranking Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship for her project titled “Aboriginal remand imprisonment: Investigating the legacy of colonialism and contemporary experiences of punishment.” She will tenure the award at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Sandra Bucerius. The research will include interviews and fieldwork with Indigenous remand prisoners at two provincial prisoners in Alberta, and she will seek to understand if and how the legacy and continued experience of colonization may affect the experiences and consequences of remand imprisonment. Way to go, Holly!


Criminological HighlightsCriminological 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 4), we ask:

  1. Why are girls in bail court perceived to be more likely to be in need of ‘treatment’ than boys?
  2. Does wearing a hijab or niqab make it more difficult to tell whether a woman is telling the truth?
  3. Can Australia reduce its imprisonment rate?
  4. How are the use of foster care for children and imprisonment for adults linked?
  5. How does an arrest during high school affect a youth’s educational prospects?
  6. Does employment reduce offending for ‘high risk’ youths?
  7. Is the disruptive impact of imprisonment on employment related to time spent in prison?
  8. Does the imprisonment of a child’s father have an impact on the likelihood that the child will commit an offence?

Special Issues:

  1. Research on Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
  2. The Effects of Imprisonment: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Effects
  3. Issues related to Harsh Sentences and Mandatory Minimum Sentences: General Deterrence and Incapacitation
  4. Sex Offenders and Society’s Responses to Them
  5. Understanding the Impact of Police Stops

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On March 23, professors Anthony Doob & Rosemary Gartner presented a report called “Understanding the Impact of Police Stops” to the Toronto Police Services Board.

Download their report here.

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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undergraduateGraduateThe 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.