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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
For the profound impact she has made on migration and citizenship law, business and human rights, CrimSL Director Audrey Macklin has received both the President’s Impact Award and this year’s Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award.
Notice regarding the CrimSL Speaker Series Winter 2020
The University of Toronto has recommended cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the latest regarding U of T’s response, please see Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the U of T community
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. 4), we ask:
- Does being detained prior to trial affect the likelihood of conviction?
- How do US colleges respond to applicants with criminal records?
- What’s wrong with predictive models of sentencing?
- Are objective-looking tools for predicting repeat domestic violence useful?
- How can the use of risk assessment tools increase a youth’s risk of reoffending?
- How does the strength of the evidence used to convict people affect the sentence that they get?
- Do judges and lawyers understand the reliability and validity of psychological evidence?
- Are sex offender registration and notification laws useful?
Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.
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Our Scholars in the News
- TVO’s The Agenda: Professor Mariana Valverde appears on a panel discussing Airbnb and the housing crisis
- Centre for Free Expression: The latest in a series of blog posts on Waterfront Toronto by Professor Mariana Valverde has been published
- The Toronto Star: PhD Student Alex Luscombe comments on private donations to law enforcement agencies
- The Conversiation: Centre Director Audrey Macklin authors piece on Brazil’s refugee policies
- The American Prospect: Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on Safe Third Country Agreements
- Vice: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the struggle to make Airbnb follow municipal rules
See more in our In the Press archive
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