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 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:
- Why are girls in bail court perceived to be more likely to be in need of ‘treatment’ than boys?
- Does wearing a hijab or niqab make it more difficult to tell whether a woman is telling the truth?
- Can Australia reduce its imprisonment rate?
- How are the use of foster care for children and imprisonment for adults linked?
- How does an arrest during high school affect a youth’s educational prospects?
- Does employment reduce offending for ‘high risk’ youths?
- Is the disruptive impact of imprisonment on employment related to time spent in prison?
- Does the imprisonment of a child’s father have an impact on the likelihood that the child will commit an offence?
- 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, 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, titled “Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police.”
OUR SCHOLARS IN THE NEWS
Ottawa Citizen: PhD student Erick Laming discusses best practices for policing the police
Globe and Mail: Professor Mariana Valverde interviewed about same-sex marriage in Canada
CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about online crime reporting
Ottawa Citizen: Professor Emeritus Tony Doob penned a powerful op-ed titled Fixing the courts isn’t up to the federal government
Toronto Star: Law professor Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by policepraised the Doob-Gartner Report in
Toronto Star: MA student Nathaniel Schutten wrote an op-ed titled Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer
Toronto Star: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about the Toronto Police annual report on Conducted Energy Weapons, also known as Tasers
Huffington Post: Doctoral student Valentin Pereda explains Why Canada Should Care About Organized Crime In Mexico
CBC Power and Politics: Professor Audrey Macklin discusses the Trump ban and the Safe Third Country Agreement
CBC Metro Morning: Professor Audrey Macklin on whether Canada should suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement
Globe and Mail: Professor Emeritus Tony Doob discusses preliminary inquiries and the need for better data
Huffington Post: PhD student Erick Laming explains Why Canadian police services are not adopting body cameras
Huff Post: PhD student Valentin Pereda: Why did a Mexican cartel target Canadian festival organizers?
Français: Pourquoi un cartel mexicain s’en prend aux organisateurs canadiens d’un festival de musique?
SpacingToronto: Professor Mariana Valverde on The truth and post-truth about Pride and Black Lives Matter Toronto
CBC NEWS: Professor Scot Wortley comments on movement of gangs within Canada
CBC NEWS: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about police body cameras and accountability
TORONTO STAR: PhD student Erick Laming was interviewed about the recent taser death of Toronto man Rui Nabico
OTTAWA CITIZEN: PhD student Erick Laming publishes column on police use of force against the mentally ill
CBC NEWS: PhD student Mayana C. Slobodian is interviewed about the Truth & Reconciliation Final Report
GLOBE & MAIL: PhD alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah publishes op-ed: A hard truth: Canada’s policing style is very similar to the U.S.
TORONTO STAR: PhD Students Erick Laming and Jihyun Kwon, along with Professor Scot Wortley provide insight into Police body-worn cameras in Toronto – Police body-worn cameras ‘not a magic bullet,’ say U of T researchers
TORONTO STAR: Professor Scot Wortley provides expertise on carding. Jermaine Carby’s death like a hole in the heart, mother says at inquest
GLOBE & MAIL: Professor Patricia Erickson is interviewed by The Varsity and publishes letter to the editor regarding the legalization of marijuana
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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.