Christine Gervais co-authors a new article in Children & Society

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Christine Gervais (Associate Professor) and her colleague Elisa Romano (School of Psychology) recently published an article titled “Parental Perspectives on the Emotional, Relational and Logistical Impacts on Siblings of Youth Who Sexually Offend.” The qualitative study explores parents’ perspectives on the collateral consequences of youth sexual offending on siblings through the analysis of interview data among 16 caregivers from 10 Canadian families. Using thematic coding procedures, findings indicates that parents identified a range of safety, emotional and interpersonal impacts on siblings beginning with the criminal justice and child welfare investigations of the sexual offending and extending to siblings’ relationships with the offending youth, their caregivers and other relatives. Results demonstrate the need for greater acknowledgement of, and parent‐informed interventions that specifically address the impact of youth sexual offending on siblings by professionals and non‐professionals (e.g. relatives) alike. (Excerpt taken from abstract).

Launch of Irvin Waller's latest book

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Irvin Waller (Professor Emeritus) is launching is new book titled Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime. His book challenges governments to reduce violent crime significantly by investing smartly in proven programs rather than misspending on unproven reaction.

You are cordially invited to join Irvin on Thursday, May 16, 2019 to celebrate the official launch of his book.

Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Room C-128, Senate of Canada Building*, Ottawa (Ontario)
*Please note that you will need to bring a valid government-issued photo ID. You will be required to show this piece of identification in order to access the facility.

Please RSVP by May 14, 2019 via Eventbrite: waller-book.eventbrite.com

Délégation du département à Perspectives Critiques / Department Delegation to Critical Perspectives

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La Conférence nationale sur les perspectives critiques en criminologie et justice sociale, une initiative lancée il y a plusieurs années par des membres de notre département et de l’Université Carleton, a lieu cette année à l’Université Wilfrid Laurier - Brantford. Notre département y aura une importante délégation cette semaine.

Sandra Lehalle y tiendra le lancement de son numéro spécial de la revue Criminologie intitulé “Les proches des personnes judiciarisées: expériences humaines et connaissances carcérales”.

Les professeur(e)s Chris Bruckert, Eduardo González Castillo, Holly Johnson, Michael Kempa, Sandra Lehalle, David Moffette, Justin Piché et Bastien Quirion y présenteront aussi leurs recherches.

Parmi les étudiant(e)s et étudiant(e)s récemment gradué(e)s du département, présenteront leurs travaux Mélissa Beaulieu, Dillon Black, Erin Dej, Brianna Garneau,  Jasmine Hebert, Adrian Hopici, Adina Ilea, Tuulia Law, Brittany Mario, Lisa Plamondon-Dufour, Sarah Speight, et Kelsey Sutton. Plusieurs autres participant(e)s ont aussi des liens forts avec le département.

The National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice, an initiative started several years ago by members of our department and colleagues from Carleton University, is happening this year at Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford. Our department will have an important delegation at the conference this week.

Sandra Lehalle will launch her special issue of the journal Criminologie titled “Les proches des personnes judiciarisées: expériences humaines et connaissances carcérales” during the conference.

Professors Chris Bruckert, Eduardo González Castillo, Holly Johnson, Michael Kempa, Sandra Lehalle, David Moffette, Justin Piché and Bastien Quirion will also present their research.

Among current and recent graduate students from our department, Mélissa Beaulieu, Dillon Black, Erin Dej, Brianna Garneau,  Jasmine Hebert, Adrian Hopici, Adina Ilea, Tuulia Law, Brittany Mario, Lisa Plamondon-Dufour, Sarah Speight, and Kelsey Sutton will be there to present their work. And many other participants have strong ties to the department.

JAIL hotline's Souheil Benslimane and Professor Moffette co-author a forthcoming article in the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

Cover art for Volume 28(1) - “The Canadian Carceral State” - by Peter Collins (2012)

Cover art for Volume 28(1) - “The Canadian Carceral State” - by Peter Collins (2012)

Carceral Studies Research Collective member and Jail Accountability & Information Line Coordinator Souheil Benslimane has co-authored his first peer-reviewed publication, a collaboration with David Moffette (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa). The paper, entitled “The Double Punishment of Criminal Inadmissibility for Immigrants” (click here to download the PDF), will appear in Volume 28 of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, which is a scholarly journal published by the University of Ottawa Press featuring articles authored or co-authored by current and former prisoners.

Click here to order a subscription to the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons using its online payment system and receive both issues for Volume 28 in August 2019. All proceeds from journal sales go towards the production and promotion of the journal, as well as providing printed copies to prisoners at no cost to them upon request.

Volume 28, Number 1 (2019) is a special issue on “Prison (In)justice in Canada at the Crossroads” featuring articles written by current and former prisoners about the state of incarceration and their recommendations for change ahead of this fall’s Canadian federal election campaign. Volume 28, Number 2 (2019) is a general issue featuring articles documenting the latest trends in penal policy and practice in the United States.

Louise Fines publie un livre sur les abus de pouvoir

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Louise Fines (Professeure à temps partiel) vient de publier un nouveau livre intitulé “Les systèmes d’abus au pouvoir: Les abuseurs veulent maintenir l’ordre des choses” à l’Harmattan. L’ouvrage explore les raisons derrière la reproduction des systèmes d'abus et le fait que les individus fautifs et les organisations qui les protègent ne sont pas inquiétés outre mesure. Le livre est basé sur une série  d’études de cas qui touchent des sphères sociales et politiques diverses : un constructeur automobile (Ford, Etats-Unis), un service forestier de pompiers (États-Unis), des forces policières (Royaume-Uni), une industrie qui s'occupe du nettoyage des bâtiments (États-Unis), l'affaire Weinstein dans l'industrie du cinéma (échelle mondiale), un syndicat étudiant (l'Unef, France) et les communautés de l'Église catholique (Australie).

Sidra Hashmi receives mentoring award / Sidra Hashmi reçoit un prix de mentorat

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Sidra Hashmi, étudiante en Criminologie et Étude de Femmes, est une des trois mentors en sciences sociales qui ont reçu la Bourse de formation en mentorat CIBC, une bourse pouvant atteindre 4500 $. Les étudiants ont été honorés pour leur dévouement et leur leadership dans le mentorat d'étudiants.

Sidra Hashmi, a student in Criminology and Women's Studies, is one of three Social Sciences student mentors to receive the CIBC Mentoring Scholarship, an award that can reach $4500. The students were honoured for their strong dedication and leadership in student mentoring.

Billet étudiant: Une étudiante lance la campagne #Seathereality dans le cadre d'un cours

Billet étudiant: Une étudiante lance la campagne #Seathereality dans le cadre d'un cours

Le blogue du Département de criminologie publie à l’occasion des billets d’étudiant(e)s sur leurs activités scolaires. Janie Beriault Therrien (finissante au Bacc. approfondi en criminologie) a lancé une campagne de sensibilisation sur la surconsommation de plastique dans le cadre du cours CRM4310 Exercising Leadership. Dans ce billet, elle explique sa démarche et fait la promotion de sa campagne.

Pour lire le billet, cliquez sur le lien ci-bas

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Gina Wilson appointed Deputy Minister of Public Safety

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Gina Wilson (alumna, Criminology) has been appointed Deputy Minister of Public Safety. She began her career in her Algonquin community of Kitigan-Zibi as Executive Director of Health and Social Services and as Director of the Wanaki Treatment Centre. She then moved one to occupy positions as a senior manager with the Assembly of First Nations, Director General of Engagement at the Privy Council Office, Assistant Deputy Minister with Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management and Regional Operations at Public Safety Canada. Since last year, she was Deputy Minister of Status of Women Canada.

Laïcité: 250 universitaires contre le projet de loi 21

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Eduardo González Castillo (Professeur adjoint), David Moffette (Professeur adjoint) et Baljit Nagra (Professeure adjointe) font partie des 250 universitaires qui ont signé une lettre ouverte publiée dans le quotidien Le Devoir s’opposant au projet de loi 21 interdisant le port de signes religieux au Québec. La lettre est une initiative de l’Observatoire international sur le racisme et les discriminations.

Billet d'Isabelle Perreault - Du droit à disposer de son corps et de sa vie dans la loi criminelle canadienne, 1945-2015

Billet d'Isabelle Perreault - Du droit à disposer de son corps et de sa vie dans la loi criminelle canadienne, 1945-2015

Chaque mois, le blogue du Département de criminologie propose des billets rédigés par nos collègues et présentant leurs recherches ou leurs perspectives sur des enjeux d’actualité. Dans ce billet, Isabelle Perreault décrit son projet de recherche intitulé “Du droit à disposer de son corps et de sa vie dans la loi criminelle canadienne, 1945-2015”

Du droit à disposer de son corps et de sa vie dans la loi criminelle canadienne, 1945-2015

Par Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée)

Pour le billet, cliquez sur le lien ci-bas.

Crédit photo: Annie Lyonnais

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Two new op-eds by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project

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Members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP), which conducts research and advocacy aimed at reducing imprisonment and improve conditions of confinement, have published two new op-eds.

Contributing to the work of the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion campaign, Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) published a piece that appeared in Rabble last week entitled “Ontario’s kids need more education today, not more cages tomorrow”. The piece locates the plan to build a new and bigger jail in Ottawa within broader provincial government restructuring that includes cuts to services such as education for young people.

Drawing on the insights of people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre shared in the Jail Accountability & Information Line’s first quarterly report, members of the Drug Users Advocacy League and CPEP wrote an op-ed entitled “Ontario must reduce overdose risks behind and beyond bars” in the Ottawa Citizen. The article includes recommendations on how to save lives in the community and in sites of confinement, which will be discussed in more detail at the following event taking place next week:

Caging Isn’t Caring:
Responding to the Overdose Crisis Behind & Beyond Bars


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
251 Bank Street (2nd floor)

* Click here for more information *

Justin Piché co-authors two new papers on abolitionist thought and praxis

As part of his collaborative work on abolitionist thought and praxis, Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) has co-authored two new papers. The first paper, a book chapter written with Nicolas Carrier (Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton) and Kevin Walby (Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, uWinnipeg) entitled “Abolitionism and Decarceration” published in The Handbook of Social Control edited by Mathieu Deflem (Professor, Sociology, University of South Carolina), critically interrogates decarceration when employed as a liberal reform measure versus a radical abolitionist tactic. The second paper, an article written with Vicki Chartrand (Associate Professor, Sociology, Bishop’s / Adjunct Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) entitled “Abolition and Pedagogy: Reflections on Teaching a Course on Alternatives to Punishment, State Repression and Social Control” published in Volume 22(1) of Contemporary Justice Review, examines how students engaged with critiques of, and alternatives to, carceral power taught in past sections of CRM 4302: Abolitionism and the Criminal Justice System, a mandatory requirement of our undergraduate program.

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Carceral Cultures publishes a new article on tourism at Kingston Pen

Carceral Cultures Research Initiative team members Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa), Matthew Ferguson (PhD Student, Criminology, uOttawa) and Kevin Walby (Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, uWinnipeg) have published a new article in Volume 8 of the Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research. Entitled “A ‘win-win for everyone’ Except Prisoners: Kingston Penitentiary Tours as a Staff, Media and Public Relations Campaign”, the paper explores how Correctional Service Canada (CSC) planned tours of the notorious penitentiary as a means of neutralize criticism concerning its closure. The paper is the second open access publication produced by the Carceral Cultures team that contains hyperlinks to internal documents obtained from CSC using Access to Information requests that allows readers to consult materials that substantiate the authors’ claims and to use for their own research purposes (also see Shook et al., 2017). Building off of these, as well as other previous publications in Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy (Ferguson et al., 2014) and Theoretical Criminology (Kleuskens et al., 2016), the research team continues to conduct research on CSC’s involvement in punishment memorialization work that legitimates the deprivation of liberty in the Canadian carceral state.

In related news, doctoral student Matthew Ferguson successfully defended his comprehensive exam today entitled “Policing Memories and Memorialization in the Carceral State”. His research is helping to push the Carceral Cultures Research Initiative’s work on punishment memorialization beyond the confines of incarceration to examine the memory work concerning other penal system entities such as the public policeclick here to learn more). Congratulations Matthew!

Photograph by Justin Piché (2013) at Kingston Penitentiary following its closure.

Photograph by Justin Piché (2013) at Kingston Penitentiary following its closure.

Criminology Students' Association's "Last lecture" / "Dernière conférence" de l'Association des étudiant(e)s en criminologie

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Vous êtes-vous déjà demandé ce que vos professeurs préférés veulent vraiment que vous retiriez de leurs cours et de votre expérience à l'Université d'Ottawa ? Rejoignez-nous le mercredi 27 mars 2019 à 16h au LMX 360 pour cette « dernière conférence » ! C'est l'occasion pour vous de poser vos dernières questions de l'année, de créer des réseaux et de développer une perspective que vos cours réguliers ne vous offriraient pas. C'est un événement gratuit et des rafraîchissements seront offerts!

Have you ever wondered what some of your favourite professors really want you to be taking away from their lectures and your uOttawa experience? Join us on Wednesday, March 27th 2019 at 4pm in LMX 360 for Last Lecture! This is your opportunity to ask your final questions of the year, network, and gain insight you’re never going to get in your regular lectures. This is a free event and light refreshments will be offered!  

Registration is open for the fall Walls to Bridges course - Othering and Criminal Justice

Registration is open for the fall Walls to Bridges course - Othering and Criminal Justice

The course Othering and Criminal Justice – Walls to Bridges will be offered for the winter 2019 semester. Based on the ‘Walls-to-Bridges Program’ (W2B) model, this course offers the opportunity for a small group of students from the University of Ottawa (up to a maximum of 10) and students from a detention centre (up to a maximum of 10) to study together as peers in a seminar style course. The instructor will act as facilitator to guide discussion about the various topics and as a resources to share relevant information where appropriate. Classes will be held in a Detention Center, between September 3rd and December 3rd, 2019. Click on the hyperlink for more info

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JAIL hotline launches first quarterly report and fundraising drive

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3 months. 659 calls. 196 advocacy interventions. These are some of the numbers generated by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project’s JAIL / Jail Accountability & Information Line since the hotline’s launch in December 2018.

More important, however, are the stories and recommendations shared by Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoners with hotline volunteers over the past three months , which are included in the JAIL’s first quarterly report released today. As with the hotline’s report from its first month of operations, issues with medical and mental health care remain front-and-centre in the new report (click here to download), which has received media coverage in venues such as CFRA and 1310 News.

With the volume of calls and the costs of running the JAIL hotline higher than anticipated, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project is raising funds on an on-going basis to sustain the initiative. There are two ways you can help.

1) You can make a larger donations of $20 or more (and receive a tax receipt from uOttawa) by clicking here. Please make sure your donation is directed towards the "Faculty of Social Sciences Criminalization and Punishment Education Project Fund" under the designation field (which is listed directly under the Donation Amount section).

2) You can make smaller donations of $20 or less to a Go Fund Me page CPEP will be setting-up in the coming days.