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CrimSL at the 2018 LSA Conference
June 11, 2018
The 2018 meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA), ‘Law at the crossroads,’ was held in Toronto from June 7th to 10th. The conference brought together scholars from around the world to a forum for discussion on myriad topics in the areas of legal research, sociolegal studies, criminology, and more. The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies was well represented, with CrimSL faculty, PhD students, and alumni were among the conference organizers, volunteers, session chairs, discussants and presenters.
Professor Mariana Valverde was program chair for the conference and Centre Director Audrey Macklin was chair of the Local Arrangements Committee. Professor Valverde was also a discussant for two sessions and presented at the Law and Society Association/Canadian Law and Society Association Junior Scholars Workshops on June 6th.
The conference program featured research by many current PhD students at the Centre: “Making Enemies: Military Justice, Civilian Protesters and ‘Treason Against the Homeland’ in Venezuela,” by Giancarlo Fiorella; “The Power and Limits of Judicial Review: Analyzing the Interaction between the Court and the Police Complaints System in Producing ‘Accountability,’” by Jihyun Kwon; “Halfway House Residency, Reentry, and Desistance: The Narratives of Indigenous Ex-Prisoners,” Katharina Maier; “Implicating the state: the production and authorization of Indigenous people’s social histories in Canada, from Indian Agents to Gladue Reports,” by Jacquie Briggs; and “Power and order in a non-traditional prison. The case of Punta de Rieles prison in Uruguay,” by Fernando Avila. “The Queen’s Red Children: Commissions, Law & Empire in Canada,” by Mayana Slobodian was accepted for presentation at the conference, and her presence there was missed by friends and colleagues. The session Kinder, Gentler, More Benevolent: Interrogating the Myth of Canada’s Liberal Settler Colonialism was chaired by PhD student Jacquie Briggs, with CrimSL Professor Catherine Evans and PhD student Mayana Slobodian scheduled as discussants.
Centre faculty also presented research, including “Old Age and Law in the British Empire” by CrimSL Professor Catherine Evans. “Police unionism and ‘lawfare’ in postcolonial India” by CrimSL Professor Beatrice Jauregui; “Property as a Site of Colonial Contestation: The Legal Form and the Legality of Anti-Colonial Protest” by CrimSL Professor Honor Brabazon; and “Police, Politics, and Demobilization: Exploring Policy Feedback Effects in Britain” by Ayobami Laniyonu, who will join the Centre in 2019. Finally, CrimSL Professor Matthew Light was a reader in one of the Author Meets Reader sessions, Recent Socio-Legal Books on Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union.
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 17, No 3), we ask:
- Does pretrial detention for people accused of minor crimes contribute to public safety?
- What approach to reducing firearms deaths might work?
- How are youth justice policies and health care needs linked?
- When homicide rates suddenly spike, should we be worried?
- How do former prisoners get jobs?
- What are some of the necessary conditions that one should look for in youth justice treatment programs?
- What kinds of jobs in a community might help reduce recidivism among those being released from prison?
- Are youths who have been found guilty of homicide offences especially dangerous when they are released into the community?
- 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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On March 23, emeritus Centre 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: “Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police.”
OUR SCHOLARS IN THE NEWS
The Toronto Star: Professor Scot Wortley interviewed about policing that targets communities
The Globe and Mail: Centre Director Audrey Macklin quoted regarding African and Asian scholars denied visas to attend the recent LSA conference
Global News: PhD student Erick Laming comments on police oversight and the need for independent investigations
The Atlantic: Centre Director Audrey Macklin’s Washington Post op-ed is quoted in a story about responses to asylum-seekers
BlogTO: Professor Scot Wortley spoke about Toronto’s homicide rate in comparison to other cities
The Washington Post: Centre Director Audrey Macklin pens opinion piece calling on Canada to suspend or revoke the Safe Third Country Agreement
The New York Times: Centre Director Audrey Macklin is quoted extensively on the Safe Third Country Agreement
CBC News: Professor Scot Wortley comments on recent Toronto police raids and what happens after large scale arrests
National Post: Centre Director Audrey Macklin interviewed about the Safe Third Country Agreement
Toronto Star: Professor Anthony Doob quoted regarding the need to look at long-term trends when considering recent gun violence in Toronto
TVO: Centre Director Audrey Macklin appeared on The Agenda to discuss asylum-seekers crossing into Canada
BBC News: Professor Mariana Valverde’s op-ed in the Conversation is quoted in a story about Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside development
Director Audrey Macklin quoted in Atlantic article on Canadian immigation and border policy
Edmonton Journal: PhD student Erick Laming comments on ‘puppycide’ and police use of force data
New York Times: PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella wrote an op-ed with Aliaume Leroy about their open source investigation into the death of Óscar Pérez
Policy Options: Professor Anthony Doob and CrimSL PhD grads Jane Sprott and Cheryl Webster write about Canada’s success in reducing youth imprisonment in the last two decades
CBC News: Professor Anthony Doob interviewed about Canadian convicts repatriated from foreign prisons
The Hill: Former MA student Vincent Harinam pens opinion piece on Venezuelan gun ban
New York Times: Director Audrey Macklin interviewed about asylum seekers at the Canadian border
CBC: MA students Cristina Tucciarone, Ferdouse Asefi and Sebastian di Domenico pen opinion piece on incarcerated youth and solitary confinement
USA Today: PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about police-involved shootings and the Toronto van attack
APTN News: MA student Lysandra Moreno wrote about the need to improve training for all legal actors in Gladue courts
The Portland Mercury: Professor Rosemary Gartner interviewed about her book, Murdering Holiness, co-authored with Jim Phillips, and Oregon’s Holy Rollers
U of T News: Professor Scot Wortley and PhD student Erick Laming analyze police officer’s conduct in Toronto van attack
Vice News: PhD student Alex Luscombe and CrimSL PhD grad Akwasi Owusu-Bempah pen opinion piece on why legalization won’t change racial disparities in cannabis arrests
Vice News: PhD student Alex Luscombe and CrimSL PhD grad Akwasi Owusu-Bempah provide analysis on arrest statistics for cannabis possession
Global News: PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about Fredericton’s police body-camera program
CTV’s Your Morning: Professor Matthew Light regarding the recent expulsions of Russian diplomats from western countries
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Presentation by Director Audrey Macklin on the private sponsorship of refugees
CBC News: Professor Emeritus Tony Doob comments on PEI’s practice of incarcerating drunk drivers
CTV’s Your Morning: Professor Matthew Light interviewed about the upcoming Russian election
CFRA Radio: PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about police accountability
CTV News: Professor Matthew Light interviewed about Russian interference in U.S. election
The Conversation: Professor Mariana Valverde pens opinion piece entitled The Controversy over Google’s Futuristic Plans for Toronto
Globe and Mail: Director Audrey Macklin pens opinion piece on Abdoul Abdi deportation case
TVO The Agenda: Director Audrey Macklin appears on panel discussion of Refugee Deportation
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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.