It just so happened that as Slaw columnist Ed Prutschi’s “Crime & Punishment in 2012” appeared today, I received the latest emailed copy of Criminological Highlights from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. I thought I’d pass on the link to those of our readers who are interested in criminal law or the intersection of law and social behaviour.
Criminological Highlights is a digest of selected academic articles,
designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. Each issue contains “Headlines and Conclusions” for each of 8 articles, followed by one-page summaries of each article.
The current issue, for example, addresses the following questions:
- Are long sentences more effective than shorter sentences in reducing reoffending?
- Why do western countries vary in their imprisonment rates?
- Do intensive foot patrols reduce crime?
- Does being apprehended and arrested for a crime act as a deterrent?
- Why aren’t people deterred by harsh sentences?
- Will new and better community sanctions reduce imprisonment?
- How is a period of imprisonment more punishing for Blacks than Whites?
- Do trustworthy looking people have an advantage at trial?
These are the sorts of issues, I think, that it might be useful to learn about as we proceed with the contentious omnibus crime bill in Parliament.