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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Event: The Role of Anger in (False) Accusations

The final Speaker Series event of the semester is Friday, April 12, featuring Dr. Katherine (Katy) DeCelles, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Rotman, cross-appointed to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.

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Photo of Prof. Audrey MacklinAdvocacy and Groundbreaking Research: Audrey Macklin Recognized

Citing her “decades-long efforts to champion the legal rights of people on the margins,” Director Audrey Macklin is one of the winners of the 2019
U of T Alumni Association Awards of Excellence
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gsc2019Borders and Barriers: The 2019 Graduate Student Conference

On Friday, March 8, students from universities across Canada gathered at CrimSL for the annual graduate student conferenceGraduate students from across a range of fields including criminology, law, sociology, and information shared research on legislation and policy, migration and asylum, spatiality, prison re-entry, and more(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 17, No 6), we ask:

  1. How does the criminal justice system impose punishments before trial?
  2. Is the impact of a short prison sentence on future employment any different from the impact of probation?
  3. Does allowing prisoners to be in the community for short periods of time during their prison sentences threaten public safety?
  4. Do governments design prisons that will inspire prisoners to lead better lives?
  5. Does the shortening of prison sentences threaten public safety?
  6. Is the use of police powers to stop and search members of the public an effective crime reduction technique?
  7. How fair are risk prediction instruments based on fancy looking algorithms?
  8. Are there proven techniques to reduce reoffending by those released from prison after serving sentences for sex offences?

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