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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Click through for screen readable versionFirst Law of the Land: Sharing from the Great Dish

On Saturday, September 28th, learn from Indigenous knowledge keepers about the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement—the first law of the territory in which our University of Toronto community is located.

Teachings by Richard W. Hill (Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation) and Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (Ruffed Grouse clan) will be followed by a facilitated discussion. (read more)

Photo of Prof. Tony DoobCrimSL Professor to Chair Structured Intervention Unit Implementation Advisory Panel

Professor Emeritus Tony Doob has been appointed as the chair of a new Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness advisory panel. The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) Implementation Advisory Panel “will help monitor and assess the implementation of SIUs established by Bill C-83.”  (read more)

Photo of Ayobami LaniyonuWelcome, Professor Laniyonu!

A message on behalf of Centre Director Audrey Macklin:

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ayobami Laniyonu, who is CrimSL’s newest faculty member. Dr. Laniyonu joined the Centre as an Assistant Professor in July, having previously served as Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Policing Equity in New York City. (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. 18, No. 1), we ask:

  1. Does the expungement of criminal records make sense?
  2. What predicts immigrants’ assessments of the police?
  3. Can policing affect the offending rate of young boys?
  4. What is the effect of police stops on school performance?
  5. Did a reduction in active policing cause an increase in homicides in the US?
  6. How can penitentiaries avoid the use of administrative segregation?
  7. Does adolescent victimization have similar effects for all types of youths?
  8. Are sex offender registration and notification laws based on good evidence?

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—— Our Land Acknowledgement ——


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