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
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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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. (read more)
On Friday, March 8, students from universities across Canada gathered at CrimSL for the annual graduate student conference. Graduate 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)
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:
- How does the criminal justice system impose punishments before trial?
- Is the impact of a short prison sentence on future employment any different from the impact of probation?
- Does allowing prisoners to be in the community for short periods of time during their prison sentences threaten public safety?
- Do governments design prisons that will inspire prisoners to lead better lives?
- Does the shortening of prison sentences threaten public safety?
- Is the use of police powers to stop and search members of the public an effective crime reduction technique?
- How fair are risk prediction instruments based on fancy looking algorithms?
- Are there proven techniques to reduce reoffending by those released from prison after serving sentences for sex offences?
Browse the complete Criminological Highlights archive
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Our Scholars in the News
- Edmonton Journal: Professor Anthony Doob comments on parole from provincial institutions
- CBC Docs POV: PhD student Adam Ellis appears in a new documentary on gun violence in Toronto
- The Lawyers Daily: Professor Anthony Doob writes about rehabilitating Canada’s pardon system
- Signal Toronto: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the Sidewalks Labs consultation process
- U of T News: Cross-Appointed Professor Markus Dubber is profiled ahead of a two-day workshop on the progress of the Oxford Handbook on the Ethics of AI
- The Globe and Mail: Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat testifies as an expert witness on jail conditions
- Spacing: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on the Sidewalk Labs planning process
- The McGill Tribune: PhD student Julius Haag participates in a panel on racism and systemic discrimination in Canada
- The National Post: PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella comments on union involvement in the political situation in Venezuela
- CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming on Montreal’s decision not to use police body cameras