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
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)
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)
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)
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:
- Does the expungement of criminal records make sense?
- What predicts immigrants’ assessments of the police?
- Can policing affect the offending rate of young boys?
- What is the effect of police stops on school performance?
- Did a reduction in active policing cause an increase in homicides in the US?
- How can penitentiaries avoid the use of administrative segregation?
- Does adolescent victimization have similar effects for all types of youths?
- Are sex offender registration and notification laws based on good evidence?
Applications will open on October 1st.
See How to Apply for details.
Our Scholars in the News
- The Toronto Star: PhD student Julius Haag spoke on behalf of Professors Scot Wortley and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah to the Toronto Police Services Board regarding the collection of race-based data
- The Metropole: Professor Mariana Valverde co-authors piece on Google’s development plans for Toronto’s Port Lands
- Winnipeg Free Press: PhD student Erick Laming comments on the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba decision to delay notifying the public of investigations into criminal allegations against police officers
- CBC News: Professor Scot Wortley comments on the Toronto Police Board’s draft policy for collecting race-based data
- CBC Radio’s The House: Centre Director Audrey Macklin speaks on the problem of foreign fighters (audio)
- The Toronto Star: Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on Canada’s track record of respecting UN requests
- inbrampton: Professor Anthony Doob discusess increased crime rates in Brampton
- The Conversation: Centre Director Audrey Macklin pens piece on citizenship revocation
- Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on the deportation of former child refugees: The Toronto Star, CBC News
- Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses Canada’s reaction to Britain stripping Jack Letts of his citizenship: National Post, The Globe and Mail, BBC News, CBC News
- CityTV Breakfast Television: PhD student Adam Ellis discusses the recent surge in gun violence in Toronto (video)
See more in our In the Press archive
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