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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
In Big Data and Criminal Justice – What Canadians Need to Know, CrimSL PhD student Daniel Konikoff and Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bembah—CrimSL PhD Grad, instructor and cross-appointed faculty at the Centre, and Broadbent Policy Fellow—“outline what ‘big data’ is, how it is used in the context of criminal justice in Canada and beyond, and how we might think about the potential beneficial and detrimental effects of these technologies on our society.” (read more)
As part of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s International/Indigenous Course Modules (ICM) program, students from the fourth-year undergraduate course on organized crime and corruption traveled to Mexico City to meet with Mexican scholars, students, government officials and civil society activists. (read more)
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 17, No 6), we ask:
- How does the criminal justice system impose punishments before trial?
- Is the impact of a short prison sentence on future employment any different from the impact of probation?
- Does allowing prisoners to be in the community for short periods of time during their prison sentences threaten public safety?
- Do governments design prisons that will inspire prisoners to lead better lives?
- Does the shortening of prison sentences threaten public safety?
- Is the use of police powers to stop and search members of the public an effective crime reduction technique?
- How fair are risk prediction instruments based on fancy looking algorithms?
- Are there proven techniques to reduce reoffending by those released from prison after serving sentences for sex offences?
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Our Scholars in the News
- The Toronto Star: Centre Director Audrey Macklin speaks about fear-based messaging regarding refugees
- The Real News Network: Professor Mariana Valverde is interviewed regarding Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto
- The Star Halifax: Research by Scot Wortley and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is cited regarding the overrepresentation of Black people in the Nova Scotia justice system
- CBC’s Power and Politics: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses the Auditor General’s report on Canada’s asylum system
- CBC’s Out in the Open: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses refugee claimants
- Foreign Affairs: PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella writes piece on Juan Guaidó and the Venezuelan constitution
- La Presse: Professor Matthew Light writes opinion piece on Russian influence in the West
- NOW Magazine: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the regulation of sex work
- Advocate Daily: Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat is cited as an expert witness on jail conditions