Welcome to the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
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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News and Events
2018 John Ll. J. Edwards Lecture
Monday, November 19th, Senator Murray Sinclair will present “The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in the law”
Event: Friday, November 30, 2018
“Thinking about guilt and responsibility” A forum with Professor Alan Norrie.
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CrimSL’s Fall Speaker Series
Details of CrimSL 2018 Fall Speaker Series are out now!
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, with support from the Department of Justice, Canada, by a group of about a dozen academics including faculty from the University of Toronto and nearby universities, doctoral students at the University of Toronto, and the CrimSL librarian. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner.
In the Current Issue (Vol 17, No 4), we ask:
- Why might it be useful for US President Trump to read this Highlight?
- Are some people’s lives made more difficult by prohibiting employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record?
- Are there risks to encouraging gun ownership?
- How can we predict which youths who offend as adolescents will still be committing offences in 10 years?
- Which Americans should prefer to be sentenced by a judge appointed by President Trump?
- How can police actions with youth lead youths to believe that violence is justified?
- How have changes in the law in England & Wales affected sentencing and imprisonment?
- Are youths from high socioeconomic families protected from the harmful effects of criminal justice contact?
- 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
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OUR SCHOLARS IN THE NEWS
CTV News: Professor Mariana Valverde discusses current rules for drinking in public.
Toronto.com: Professor Scot Wortley discusses solutions for addressing gun violence
The Lawyer’s Daily: Director Audrey Macklin discusses a recent report on AI used in immigration systems
Global News: Professor Scot Wortley comments on a potential handgun ban
The Globe and Mail: Professor Scot Wortley participates in a town hall on reducing gun violence
Business Insider: Director Audrey Macklin is quoted regarding refugees seeking asylum in Canada
The Star: An update released by Halifax’s Board of Police Commissioners describes Professor Scot Wortley’s ongoing review of street checks in Halifax
The Globe and Mail: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the constitutional status of local democracy
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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.