Forum on Race, Policing & Black Lives Matter

Thank you to everyone who took part in our event on Friday, October 14! Over 150 students, activists and community members came out to hear from Marques Banks (of the Black Movement Law Project, Washington DC), Ravyn Wngz (Black Lives Matter Toronto), Prof. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Prof. Idil Abdillahi (Ryerson), and human rights lawyer Anthony Morgan.

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 1), we ask:

  1. Can judges reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system?
  2. Why should Donald Trump read this ‘highlight’?
  3. How are the experience of debt and crime related?
  4. Do after-school programs for youths reduce crime?
  5. Why do juvenile drug treatment courts not seem to work?
  6. What is the most recent evidence on the effectiveness of treatment programs for sex offenders?
  7. What are the problems in implementing restorative justice programs?
  8. How well do all the ‘obvious’ explanations for the ‘crime drop’  in many western countries fit the data?

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


  • TUESDAY OCT 25: Howard Sapers (Correctional Investigator, Government of Canada) on “Administrative Segregation in Federal Corrections”

  • THURSDAY OCT 27: Prof. Radha Kumar on “POLICING & EVERYDAY CONFLICT: ‘False’ Cases in the Tamil Countryside, 1900-1950”

More Information: Upcoming Events


LisaMonchalinlectureOn October 12, Prof. Lisa Monchalin presented her new book, “The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada” (UTPress, 2016).

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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.