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
Following the Detention practices, criminalization of migrants and border control in Canada workshop, which ran May 12-13 at CrimSL, Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow Ana Ballesteros Pena and Centre PhD students Grace Tran and Jona Zyfi have published a post on the Border Criminologies blog. (read more)
CrimSL PhD student Andrea Sterling and Dr. Emily van der Meulen (Ryerson University) have won an honourable mention for the Canadian Law and Society Association (CSLA)’s 2019 CSLA Article Prize, awarded each year for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society, for their article, “We Are Not Criminals”: Sex Work Clients in Canada and the Constitution of Risk Knowledge.” (read more)
Kelly Hannah-Moffat, CrimSL colleague and Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity, is this year’s winner of the International Prize. (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
- CBC News: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses the Safe Third Country Agreement following a new U.S. policy for its southern border
- CBC Power and Politics: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses the Safe Third Country Agreement following a new U.S. policy for its southern border (video: segment begins at 19:25)
- Winnipeg Free Press: Professor Anthony Doob comments on youth in pre-trial custody
- The Toronto Star: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses Canadian citizenship tests
- Global News: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses stripping terror suspects of citizenship
- The Globe and Mail: PhD Student Erick Laming discusses Durham police’s adoption of body cameras
- The Vancouver Sun: PhD grad Alexandra Lysova discusses intimate partner violence
See more in our In the Press archive
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