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
Last week, CrimSL PhD students Jessica Bundy and Kadija Lodge-Tulloch, and professors Scot Wortley and Julian Tanner traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i for the 2019 conference of the Western Society of Criminology. (read more)
Details of CrimSL 2019 Winter Speaker Series are out now!
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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 5), we ask:
- What kinds of police activities suppress voter turnout?
- How are people affected by police shootings of unarmed civilians?
- Are politicians right when they suggest that higher rates of pretrial detention would reduce crime?
- Who benefits from high concentrations of immigrants in a neighbourhood?
- When punishments are decreased in a jurisdiction and crime goes up, is it possible to determine whether one caused the other?
- How good are people at evaluating forensic science evidence in court?
- Should restorative justice conferences be used with youths charged with crimes?
- Does it matter where accused people sit in court during their trials?
Browse the complete Criminological Highlights archive
Applications are now closed.
Check back this fall for 2020 admissions.
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Our Scholars in the News
- The McGill Tribune: PhD student Julius Haag participates in a panel on racism and systemic discrimination in Canada
- The National Post: PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella comments on union involvement in the political situation in Venezuela
- CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming on Montreal’s decision not to use police body cameras
- The Washington Post: Professor Audrey Macklin comments on the implications of the Supreme Court case regarding human rights violations in Eritrea
- CBC News: Professor Audrey Macklin discusses upcoming Supreme Court case regarding human rights violations in Eritrea
- The Conversation: Professor Mariana Valverde pens article on Airbnb’s impact on urban housing markets
- The Toronto Sun: Professor Mariana Valverde discusses Toronto police’s recent traffic blitzes
- CBC News: PhD student Adam Ellis pens op-ed about the need to address the root causes of violence
- The Toronto Star: PhD student Adam Ellis pens op-ed critiquing a public health approach to reducing gun violence