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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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john_pratt_controlling_risksStatement: Promoting equality and justice in Canadian public institutions, including policing

CrimSL stands in support of individuals and social movements that insist on accountability for police violence and the implementation of strategies to address structures of inequality. A statement published today sets out what we have done, are doing, and intend to do to promote equality and justice in Canadian public institutions, including policing. (read more)

john_pratt_controlling_risksLetter to the Toronto Police Services Board and Toronto City Council Regarding the Search for a New Toronto Police Chief

CrimSL faculty have released a letter to the Toronto Police Services Board and Toronto City Council regarding the search for a new Toronto police chief. (read more)

slideArtboard 3 copy 2@2xRecording: Unsettling Racism in the Present, Imagining Different Futures

The audio recording of the Centre’s recent online forum on anti-Black racism, policing and change is now available. (read more)


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. 5), we ask:

  1. How have Canada’s immigrants affected the country’s crime rate?
  2. When trying to explain the reasons for a mass shooting, why isn’t it useful to look for evidence of ‘mental illness’ in the shooter?
  3. How does the crime rate of the neighbourhood in which a business is located affect the likelihood that a Black applicant will be seriously considered for a job at that business?
  4. How do ‘risk assessments’ affect the sentencing of poor and wealthy defendants?
  5. Why do school suspensions increase crime?
  6. Should personality assessment tools like the Psychopathy Check List be used to make crucial decisions about individuals?
  7. What general lessons can be learned from the failure of Canada’s “conditional sentence of imprisonment” to reduce imprisonment?
  8. Can those serving prison sentences for murder be released safely into the community?

Criminological Highlights Special Issues

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July 2020

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