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CrimSL is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. The Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches and are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research.

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wortly ohrcOHRC Interim Report on Race and Policing

On Monday, December 10th, the Ontario Human Rights Commission Released an interim report on race and policing. There has been extensive coverage of the OHRC report in local, national, and international media… (read more)

toronto waterfrontMariana Valverde on Waterfront Toronto, Sidewalk Labs, and Toronto’s Quayside development

Professor Mariana Valverde has published a series of blog posts for Ryerson’s Centre for Free Expression on Waterfront Toronto, Google’s Sidewalk Labs, and … (read more)

9780776627519_5What the Uber Story Tells Us about Canadian Local Governance

CrimSL Professor Mariana Valverde has authored a chapter in a new book published today by University of Ottawa Press, Law and the “Sharing Economy” Regulating Online Market PlatformsProfessor Valverde’s chapter, “Urban Cowboy E-Capitalism Meets Dysfunctional Municipal Policy-Making: What the Uber Story Tells Us about Canadian Local Governance,” looks at Canadian cities and the challenges of regulating Uber … (read more)

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Criminological Highlights

Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published, with a focus on research that is policy-relevant. It is produced by a group of about a dozen academics, with support from the Department of Justice, Canada. Learn more.

In the Current Issue (Vol 17, No 5), we ask:

  1. What kinds of police activities suppress voter turnout?
  2. How are people affected by police shootings of unarmed civilians?
  3. Are politicians right when they suggest that higher rates of pretrial detention would reduce crime?
  4. Who benefits from high concentrations of immigrants in a neighbourhood?
  5. When punishments are decreased in a jurisdiction and crime goes up, is it possible to determine whether one caused the other?
  6. How good are people at evaluating forensic science evidence in court?
  7. Should restorative justice conferences be used with youths charged with crimes?
  8. Does it matter where accused people sit in court during their trials?

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