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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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Workshop participants gathered at a ring of tablesDetention practices, criminalization of migrants and border control in Canada

On Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 13, academics from across Canada and beyond gathered at CrimSL for a two-day workshop coordinated by postdoctoral fellow Ana Ballesteros Pena. (read more)

Big Data and Criminal Justice – What Canadians Need to Know report coverBig Data and Criminal Justice – What Canadians Need to Know

In Big Data and Criminal Justice – What Canadians Need to Know, CrimSL PhD student Daniel Konikoff and Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bembah—CrimSL PhD Grad, instructor and cross-appointed faculty at the Centre, and Broadbent Policy Fellow—“outline what ‘big data’ is, how it is used in the context of criminal justice in Canada and beyond, and how we might think about the potential beneficial and detrimental effects of these technologies on our society.” (read more)

Group photo of program participants in MexicoFieldwork meets friendship

As part of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s International/Indigenous Course Modules (ICM) program, students from the fourth-year undergraduate course on organized crime and corruption traveled to Mexico City to meet with Mexican scholars, students, government officials and civil society activists. (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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