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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Last week, CrimSL PhD students Jessica Bundy and Kadija Lodge-Tulloch, and professors Scot Wortley and Julian Tanner traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i for the 2019 conference of the Western Society of Criminology. (read more)


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Watch the TEDx talk by Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, a CrimSL PhD graduate who teaches at the Centre as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UTM.  (read more)

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CrimSL Speaker Series Winter 2019

Details of CrimSL 2019 Winter Speaker Series are out now!

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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 5), we ask:

  1. What kinds of police activities suppress voter turnout?
  2. How are people affected by police shootings of unarmed civilians?
  3. Are politicians right when they suggest that higher rates of pretrial detention would reduce crime?
  4. Who benefits from high concentrations of immigrants in a neighbourhood?
  5. When punishments are decreased in a jurisdiction and crime goes up, is it possible to determine whether one caused the other?
  6. How good are people at evaluating forensic science evidence in court?
  7. Should restorative justice conferences be used with youths charged with crimes?
  8. Does it matter where accused people sit in court during their trials?

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