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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As part of the celebrations marking her retirement, a graduate scholarship is being established in Professor Mariana Valverde’s honour. Please consider donating to this award and continuing Mariana’s legacy of outstanding scholarship at CrimSL.

To donate, visit donate.utoronto.ca and search for Mariana Valverde.

Photo of William Watson holding his award and flanked by Chancellor Patten and President GertlerWilliam Watson Receives 2019 Arbor Award

Dr. William Watson, Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator at CrimSL, is one of this year’s recipients of U of T’s Arbor Award, which celebrates the incredible volunteers who consistently contribute to the experience of U of T students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. (read more)

Workshop participants gathered at a ring of tablesCall for Papers – International Workshop. Expanding the Penal Landscape: The Immigration Detention Phenomena

Please email your proposal (250 words maximum) to the coordinator by 23:59pm (GMT-4) on 6 December, 2019. (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. 2), we ask:

  1. Can judges reduce reoffending by handing down ‘tough sentences’?
  2. Why do nonfatal gunshot cases have lower clearance rates than fatal gunshot cases?
  3. Why don’t inner-city Black youths cooperate with the police in their investigations of gun violence?
  4. In what ways can family support of prisoners returning to the community reduce reoffending?
  5. Does the likelihood of reoffending of people convicted of sex offences decrease with time?
  6. Is the willingness to be cooperative with police during interrogations affected by whether or not the suspect knows that the interrogation is being recorded?
  7. Why does the use of solitary confinement persist even in the face of consistent criticism of its use?
  8. Does it matter if police officers believe ‘rape myths’?

Criminological Highlights Special Issues

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