In the Press

The media frequently consults with Centre faculty and graduate students for insight on current debates over issues such as policing, sentencing, crime rates, punishment, security, and moral regulation.


2018


September 2018

Professor Mariana Valverde discusses current rules for drinking in public.

Professor Scot Wortley discusses solutions for addressing gun violence

Director Audrey Macklin discusses a recent report on AI used in immigration systems

Professor Scot Wortley comments on a potential handgun ban

Professor Scot Wortley participates in a town hall on reducing gun violence

CrimSL Director Audrey Macklin is quoted regarding refugees seeking asylum in Canada

An update released by Halifax’s Board of Police Commissioners describes Professor Scot Wortley’s ongoing review of street checks in Halifax

Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the constitutional status of local democracy

August 2018

Former MA student Vincent Harinam coauthors piece on UK weapons-control laws

Professor Anthony Doob writes about long-term solutions to gun violence

Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the early days of UofT’s  Sexual Representation Collection

CrimSL Director Audrey Macklin comments on the legal status of irregular border crossers

Professor Mariana Valverde pens opinion piece regarding changes to Toronto city council 

July 2018

Professor Mariana Valverde comments on how income impacts political representation

Professor Scot Wortley describes the market for illegal firearms

Centre Director Audrey Macklin is quoted regarding rescued White Helmet Syrian humanitarian workers being resettled in Canada

Professor Scot Wortley comments on police decisions to publicly release information regarding potential threats

PhD student Alex Luscombe and PhD graduate Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s analysis on arrest statistics is cited in an op-ed calling for mass pardons for cannabis convictions

Centre Director Audrey Macklin interviewed regarding the impact of the Safe Third Country Agreement

Professor Scot Wortley interviewed about policing that targets communities

Centre Director Audrey Macklin quoted regarding African and Asian scholars denied visas to attend the recent LSA conference

PhD student Erick Laming comments on police oversight and the need for independent investigations

June 2018

Centre Director Audrey Macklin‘s Washington Post op-ed is quoted in a story about responses to asylum-seekers

Professor Scot Wortley spoke about Toronto’s homicide rate in comparison to other cities

Centre Director Audrey Macklin pens opinion piece calling on Canada to suspend or revoke the Safe Third Country Agreement

Centre Director Audrey Macklin is quoted extensively on the Safe Third Country Agreement

Professor Scot Wortley comments on recent Toronto police raids and what happens after large scale arrests

Centre Director Audrey Macklin interviewed about the Safe Third Country Agreement

Professor Anthony Doob quoted regarding the need to look at long-term trends when considering recent gun violence in Toronto

Centre Director Audrey Macklin appeared on TVO’s The Agenda to discuss asylum-seekers crossing into Canada

May 2018

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 immigration and border policy

PhD student Erick Laming comments on ‘puppycide’ and police use of force data

PhD Student Giancarlo Fiorella wrote an op-ed with Aliaume Leroy about their open source investigation into the death of Óscar Pérez

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 

Professor Anthony Doob interviewed about Canadian convicts repatriated from foreign prisons

April 2018

Former MA student Vincent Harinam pens opinion piece on Venezuelan gun ban

Director Audrey Macklin interviewed about asylum seekers at the Canadian border

MA students Cristina Tucciarone, Ferdouse Asefi and Sebastian di Domenico pen opinion piece on incarcerated youth and solitary confinement

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about police-involved shootings and the Toronto van attack

MA student Lysandra Moreno wrote about the need to improve training for all legal actors in Gladue courts

Professor Rosemary Gartner interviewed about her book, Murdering Holiness, co-authored with Jim Phillips, and Oregon’s Holy Rollers

Professor Scot Wortley and PhD student Erick Laming analyze police officer’s conduct in Toronto van attack

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

PhD student Alex Luscombe and CrimSL PhD grad Akwasi Owusu-Bempah provide analysis on arrest statistics for cannabis possession

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about Fredericton’s police body-camera program

March 2018

Professor Matthew Light interviewed regarding the recent expulsions of Russian diplomats from western countries

Presentation by Director Audrey Macklin on the private sponsorship of refugees

Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob comments on PEI’s practice of incarcerating drunk drivers

February 2018

Professor Matthew Light interviewed about the upcoming Russian election

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about police accountability

Professor Matthew Light interviewed about Russian interference in U.S. election

January 2018

Professor Mariana Valverde pens opinion piece entitled The Controversy over Google’s Futuristic Plans for Toronto

Director Audrey Macklin pens opinion piece on Abdoul Abdi deportation case

Director Audrey Macklin participates in panel discussion about refugee deportation


2017


Study by former MA student Janelle Douthwright finds that black job seekers have harder time finding retail and service work than their white counterparts

Professor Scot Wortley comments on community meeting on police racial profiling held by Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed by Lansing State Journal about police body cams

Professor Scot Wortley to be consulted by Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission on allegations of racial profiling by Halifax police

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed for story on police body cams

Professor Beatrice Jauregui interviewed by HardNews about rejuvenating the police force in India

Director Audrey Macklin quoted in Globe and Mail article titled Immigration tribunal to audit long-term detention practices

PhD student Erick Laming publishes opinion piece titled Canada needs a national database to track deadly force by police

Director Audrey Macklin publishes op-ed titled Ottawa failed Khadr: that’s why he deserves compensation

Director Audrey Macklin interviewed about Omar Khadr apology and compensation

Director Audrey Macklin was quoted in a recent article, “As Trump travel ban takes effect, lawyers mobilize at Canadian airports

PhD student Erick Laming discusses best practices for policing the police

Professor Mariana Valverde interviewed about same-sex marriage in Canada

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed about online crime reporting

Professor Audrey Macklin discuss the Trump ban and the Safe Third Country Agreement

Professor Audrey Macklin on whether Canada should suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement

Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob discusses preliminary inquiries and the need for better data

PhD student Erick Laming explains why Canadian police services are not adopting body cameras

PhD student Valentin Pereda publishes an article in Huff Post on why a Mexican cartel targeted Canadian festival organizers

Professor Mariana Valverde writes column in Spacing Toronto on the truth and post-truth about Pride and Black Lives Matter Toronto

Professor Scot Wortley comments on movement of gangs within Canada


2016


PhD student Erick Laming publishes column in Huff Post on police body cameras

PhD student Erick Laming interviewed by CBC Radio Ottawa about police body cameras

PhD student Erick Laming writes column in Ottawa Citizen on police use of force against the mentally ill

PhD alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah interviewed by U of T News about research at the intersection of race, crime and criminal justice

PhD student Erick Laming writes on police use of deadly force in Huff Post

PhD. alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah publishes op-ed in the Globe and Mail:  A hard truth: Canada’s policing style very similar to the U.S.

PhD Students Erick Laming and Jinyun 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 (Toronto Star)

Professor Patricia Erickson is interviewed by The Varsity and publishes letter to the editor (Globe and Mail) regarding the legalization of marijuana


2015


Prof Kelly Hannah-Moffat is interviewed regarding Solitary Confinement in this CBC piece

Prof Kelly Hannah-Moffat discusses the implications of a correctional worker’s strike in the Toronto Star  Ontario jail guards’ impending strike threatens prisoner rights: expert

Column in The Toronto Star by Roy McMurtry and Tony Doob, Four Fixes for Canada’s Broken Justice System

How to consult in gentrifying neighbourhoods by Prof. Mariana Valverde in Spacing Magazine.

Prof. Mariana Valverde is interviewed on the Uber controversy in Toronto.

Professor Audrey Macklins immigration piece appeared in The Guardian.  European politicians envy Canada’s points system for migrants. But how well has it worked?

Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks to UofT Bulletin about solitary confinement. Details here.

Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob writes on The Harper Decade: The Conservative Take on Crime Policy

Centre alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah writes in the Globe and Mail : The End of Carding is just the Beginning.

Junior Fellow Kyle Kirkup pens an article in the Globe and Mail titled It’s Unstoppable: Same-sex marriage is coming to the U.S.

Professor Audrey Macklin’s immigration piece appeared in The Guardian.  European politicians envy Canada’s points system for migrants. But how well has it worked?

Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks to UofT Bulletin about solitary confinement. Details here.

Professor Anthony Doob pens another great piece –  Life without parole is a solution without a problem The Globe and Mail, Jan 30th, 2015.

Junior Fellow Kyle Kirkup penned a piece in the Globe and Mail titled Ontario’s welcome move on rights shows reality of trans people in prisons  Jan 26th, 2015


2014


Professor Anthony Doob Remembers Eddie Greenspan – Friend of Justice.

Greenspan & Doob: Stephen Harper’s scary crime bluster  Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob and legendary criminal lawyer, Eddie Greenspan, have co-written many articles on criminal justice in Canada.  This article, in the National Post, was published after Mr. Greenspan’s death. National Post, Dec 30th, 2014.

Professor Matthew Light has done field research both in southern Russia and in neighbouring Georgia. In these interviews with journalist Steve Paikin of “The Agenda” on Ontario Public Television, Prof. Light assesses the reasons for, risks to, and consequences of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi. View the recent panel discussion or listen to an interview from a few years ago for more information.

“Women Inmates on the Rise”
Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks about the increase in the number of women in federal prisons in the Law Times.
August 4, 2014

“G20 proved a turning point for Bill Blair”
Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob talks about Chief Bill Blair in the Toronto Star.
July 31, 2014

“Reliance on sureties boosting Ontario remand numbers”
Centre alumnus Nicole Myers’ work on bail with Abby Deshman of the CCLA is featured in the Law Times. 
July 28, 2014

“No charges, no trial, but presumed guilty”
Professors Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Paula Maurutto cited by The Toronto Star about findings from their research on the impact of criminal records. Canadians were outraged, read more here.
May 17, 2014

“The Kremlin, not language, is driving Ukraine apart”
Professor Matthew Light and McGill’s Maria Poova write op-ed in The Globe and Mail.
April 15, 2014


2013


“City says anti-gang program should have core” 
Professor Scot Wortley cited by the Toronto Star
November 27, 2013

“Unfazed by gun-crime ruling, Tories look at new mandatory sentences”
Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob cited in The Globe and Mail
November 14, 2013

“Police stops damage lives of black Torontonians”
Professor Scot Wortley in the Toronto Star
September 28, 2013

“The big questions behind Justin Trudeau’s toke”
Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob in the Toronto Star
September 23, 2013

“Renting out a private parking spot in Toronto is illegal”
Professor Mariana Valverde‘s work on city bylaw’s is discussed in the Toronto Star
March 17, 2013

“Analysis: Why we should worry about who we’re jailing”
Ph.D. Candidate Akwasi Owusu-Bempah in the Toronto Star
March 1, 2013

“Unequal justice: Aboriginal and black inmates disproportionately fill Ontario jails”
Ph.D. Candidate Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s research cited in the Toronto Star
March 1, 2013

“Everyday Law on the Street: A look at how municipal law works – or doesn’t work”
Professor Mariana Valverde‘s latest book is reviewed in The Globe and Mail
February 8, 2013

“Harper’s ‘tough on crime’ is all torque”
Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob with Edward Greenspan in the Globe and Mail
January 16, 2013