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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
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)
Letter 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)
The audio recording of the Centre’s recent online forum on anti-Black racism, policing and change is now available. (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. 18, No. 5), we ask:
- How have Canada’s immigrants affected the country’s crime rate?
- 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?
- 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?
- How do ‘risk assessments’ affect the sentencing of poor and wealthy defendants?
- Why do school suspensions increase crime?
- Should personality assessment tools like the Psychopathy Check List be used to make crucial decisions about individuals?
- What general lessons can be learned from the failure of Canada’s “conditional sentence of imprisonment” to reduce imprisonment?
- Can those serving prison sentences for murder be released safely into the community?
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- CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming discusses the role of domestic violence charges in Nova Scotia’s rate of criminal charges against officers
- CBC News: Professor Scot Wortley discusses police backgrounds among SIU investigators
- CTV’s Your Morning: PhD student Erick Laming discusses holding police accountable in Indigenous communities (video)
- CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming discusses BC’s Independent Investigations Office
- CBC News: PhD student Erick Laming discusses the strained relationship between police and Indigenous people
- Nunatsiaq News: PhD student Erick Laming comments on Nunavut RCMP body camera discussions
- Policy Options: PhD student Erick Laming has co-authored a piece on policies for police body-worn cameras
- CTV News: PhD student Erick Laming discusses calls to defund police
- The Toronto Star: PhD student Erick Laming discusses police oversight and research by PhD student Jihyun Kwon and Professor Scot Wortley is cited
- CTV News: PhD student Erick Laming discusses why few police officers investigated by watchdogs are charged
- PhD student Erick Laming comments on the use of police body cameras
See more in our In the Press archive
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