Justin Piché urges non-profits serving the criminalized to join the fight to build communities and oppose new carceral spaces

As part of the John Howard Society of Canada's inaugural series of blog posts, Justin Piché (Associate Professor) contributed a piece calling upon non-profits serving the criminalized to endorse the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project's #NOPE / No On Prison Expansion initiative, and join the fight to build communities and oppose new carceral spaces. Click here to read the blog post.

If you are in Ottawa and interested in learning more about or contributing to the work of #NOPE, attend the teach-in next Tuesday, September 26th from 7pm to 9pm in room 4004 of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  

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Study criminology at uOttawa! Étudiez la criminologie à uOttawa!

Are you interested in doing a BA, MA or PhD in criminology? Are you considering the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa? Our department is nationally and internationally recognized for its cutting-edge and critical approach to a variety of criminal justice issues, including crime prevention, social justice, violence against women, drug policy, sex work, prisons, youth, media representations of crime, political violence, human rights, policing, victimology and cybercrime.

Our professors are interested in various research fields, including: abolitionism and alternatives to criminal justice; crimes of the powerful; criminological theory and socio-legal studies; First Nations, racism and (in)justice; gender, sexuality and (in)justice; policing, governance and (in)security; popular culture, media and technology; prevention and intervention; prison, punishment and social control; and youth, age and (in)justice

Discover some of the research projects done at the Department of Criminology.

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Êtes-vous intérressés par un baccalauréat, une maîtrise ou un doctorat en criminologie? Considérez-vous le Département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa? Notre département est reconnu à l’échelle nationale et internationale pour son approche avant-gardiste et critique, notamment dans les domaines suivants : la prévention du crime, la justice sociale, la violence envers les femmes, les politiques en matière de drogues, le travail du sexe, les prisons, la jeunesse, la représentation médiatique de la criminalité, la violence politique, les droits de la personne, le maintien de l’ordre, la victimologie et la cybercriminalité.

Nos professeurs s'intéressent à une multitude de champs de recherche dont notamment : abolitionnisme et alternatives à la justice pénale, crimes des puissants, culture populaire, média et technologie, genre, sexualité et (in)justice, jeunesse, âge et (in)justice, police, gouvernance et (in)sécurité, Premières Nations, racisme et (in)justice, prévention et intervention, prison, répression et contrôle social, théories criminologiques et études socio-juridiques

Nous vous invitons à découvrir les projets de recherche effectués au sein du Département de criminologie.

Nouvel article de Richard Dubé paru dans Droit et Société

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Richard Dubé vient de faire paraître un article dans la revue d'études socio-juridiques Droit et Société. L'article, intitulé "Niklas Luhmann et l’observation empirique du droit : communication, fonction, code et programme" traite de la théorie des systèmes de Niklas Luhmann à partir de quatre concepts fondamentaux : communication, fonction, code et programme. L'auteur cherche à spécifier les malentendus qui nuisent encore à l’exploitation du plein potentiel de chacun de ces concepts dans l’analyse empirique des systèmes sociaux de la société moderne. Le texte traite par ailleurs de la question du changement et de l’évolution des systèmes par le biais d'une analyse du cas du système juridique. (Texte adapté du résumé de R. Dubé)

uOttawa Crime Prevention Team hosting a workshop in collaboration with the CMNCP

The uOttawa Crime Prevention Team, led by Irvin Waller, is organizing a workshop in collaboration with the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP). Advancing Investment in Effective Crime Prevention is a workshop that aims to foster additional ways to advance investment in effective crime prevention, through the use of Collaborative Comprehensive Community Safety Strategies (CCSS) and upstream social investment in Crime Prevention Consistent with the Evidence (CPCE).

The workshop will be taking place on October 22nd and 23rd in Ottawa, and is designed for CMNCP members working in municipalities that are interested in, or actively working on, expanding their use of CCSS and CPCE. It is part of the CMNCP project on Building Municipal Capacity to Harness Evidence to Prevent Crime.

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Félicitations à Isabelle Perreault, qui dirige un nouvel axe de recherche au CIRCEM!

Isabelle Perreault, professeure agrégée au Département de criminologie, dirige l’axe « Enjeux biopolitiques et groupes minorisés », le 7e axe de recherche du Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur la citoyenneté et les minorités (CIRCEM).

Le CIRCEM est un lieu de convergence pour les chercheuses et les chercheurs dont les intérêts de recherche portent sur la citoyenneté et les minorités. Le Centre est un milieu dynamique et pluriel dont la priorité est de créer un espace propice aux échanges interdisciplinaires et intellectuels dans un cadre francophone.

Le nouvel axe de recherche « Enjeux biopolitiques et groupes minorisés » porte sur l’étude du droit, pour un citoyen/ne, à disposer de sa vie, de son corps et de sa sexualité. Pensons notamment au suicide, au suicide assisté, à l’avortement provoqué, à la procréation assistée, à la stérilisation, aux pratiques sexuelles non-procréatives, aux modifications corporelles volontaires ou non et autres. La recherche portera une attention particulière aux groupes minoritaires, par exemple la minorité francophone, et aux groupes minorisés par leurs histoires et leurs conditions de vie.

Bienvenue! Welcome!

Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à toutes et tous les nouveaux étudiantEs et un bon retour à toutes et tous les étudiantEs du département de criminologie de l'Université d'Ottawa!

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We would like to wish a warm welcome to all new and returning students in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa! 

 

 

L'association des Étudiants de Criminologie/Criminology Students' Association: 

https://www.csa-aec.com/

https://www.facebook.com/uottawacrimdogz/

 

Ressources et mentorat pour étudiants/Resources and mentoring for students: 

sciencessociales.uottawa.ca/mentorat/

Valerie Steeves talks to CBC Ottawa Morning about the effects of social media use on youth

Earlier this week, Valerie Steeves (Full Professor) was interviewed on CBC Ottawa Morning about her work how the use of social media by youth effects their connections – with themselves, with others and with nature. Learn more about the study by reading the research summary below and click here to listen to the interview.

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Research summary:
In the summer of 2016, a group of youth in a small city in Ontario decided they wanted to explore the ways that their media use effected their sense of well-being. Researchers tracked their experiences before, during and after a week-long media fast. This discussion connects these fascinating findings with the concerns raised by teachers about students’ social media use as part of a 2016 survey conducted by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and MediaSmarts.

Justin Piché comments on the future of solitary confinement in Canada

Photo byt Jesse Cnockaert of Metro News - 10 August 2017

Photo byt Jesse Cnockaert of Metro News - 10 August 2017

As the BC Civil Liberties Association and John Howard Society of Canada begin their closing arguments challenging the constitutionality of solitary confinement in Canada, Justin Piché (Associate Professor) discusses what could happen should they win or lose their legal battle against the federal government in the Globe and Mail. Click here to read the article. 

Earlier this month, students and professors were also involved in calling for an end to solitary confinement during Prisoners' Justice Day activities on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa. Metro News and APTN covered their march.

Freedom is a Must! Lunch and Panel on Police and Prisons

Members of the department are participating, alongside former prisoners and local activists, in organizing events for Prisoner's Justice Day 2017 in Ottawa. In addition to the rally on August 10, there will be a free lunch and panel on policing and prisons on Sunday August 6

The panel will focus on prisons and the police. Panelists will speak about what prison is like and how, in prison, prisoners have their human rights violated. Panelists will also speak about how the police target racialized people for arrest, violence and imprisonment. And the panelists will speak about their efforts to change the police and prisons in order to get justice for the people who have been killed by the police, and in prison.

Panelists will include spokespersons from Justice For Abdirahman and Justice For Soli, as well as prison activist Megan Smiley.

Freedom Is A Must! 
Lunch and panel discussion on police and prisons


Sunday, Aug. 6
Lunch starts at 3:00pm, Panel starts at 4:30pm
19 Main Street, Ottawa (Wheelchair Accessible)
Algonquin territory

Prisoner's Justice Day 2017 in Ottawa

Members of the department are participating, alongside former prisoners and local activists, to the organization of events for Prisoner's Justice Day 2017 in Ottawa.

Prisoner’s Justice Day is an annual day to remember prisoners who have died or been killed in prison. It started 42 years ago after the death of Eddy Nalon in administrative segregation – solitary confinement.

Inside, prisoners refuse to eat or work. Outside, former prisoners, and their allies work to raise awareness about prisoner’s issues, fight for better conditions on the inside and to limit and an end the use of prisons to address wrongdoing. 

This year on Prisoner’s Justice Day in Ottawa, people will be meeting at the Ottawa Provincial Court House, and marching to the Department of Justice to demand justice for all prisoners.

March and Rally
Thursday, Aug. 10 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
Ottawa Provincial Courthouse, 161 Elgin St. (corner of Elgin and Laurier W.)
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March and Rally feat. J, Megan Smiley, Proshanto Smith and Justice For Soli

Face à l'augmentation des crimes graves en Ontario, Professeur Irvin Waller souligne le besoin de prévention

Ottawa Sun file photo. 

Ottawa Sun file photo. 

Professeur Irvin Waller aborde les nouvelles statistiques démontrant une augmentation de 9% de l'indice de gravité de la criminalité en Ontario en 2016. Alors que le Canada témoigne une augmentation de 1%, l'indice est tout de même 29% inférieur à celui de 2006. 

Lire son entrevue avec Radio-Canada ici.

Lire le rapport de Statistiques Canada ici

Professor Holly Johnson comments on stability of Canadian sexual assault rate over past 10 years

Photo by Devon Buchanan (Flickr)

Photo by Devon Buchanan (Flickr)

Recent findings from the 2014 Statistics Canada General Social Survey on victimization suggest that although self-reported rates of sexual assault have remained stable over the past 10 years, police-reported sexual assault has declined by 20%. According to Professor Holly Johnson, this finding suggests that "[we] are now accumulating a pretty incredible body of evidence on the prevalence of sexual assault and how we’re failing to address it".  The report further states that the stability of the sexual assault rate stands in contrast to declining rates of other types of crime (e.g., robbery, physical assault). 

Click here to read Professor Johnson's interviews on this topic with The Globe and Mail and with Global News.

Click below to learn more about local and national organizations with which Professor Johnson is involved. 

The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

Welcome to new Assistant Professor Eduardo González Castillo! Bienvenue au nouveau professeur adjoint Eduardo González Castillo!

We are thrilled that Eduardo González Castillo has joined the Department of Criminology as an Assistant Professor.

He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at Laval University. Professor Castillo’s research interests are many and diverse: troubled youth, community action, urban governance, and political economy.

Learn more about Professor Castillo's research here

Nous sommes ravis qu'Eduardo González Castillo se joigne au département de criminologie en tant que professeur adjoint.

Il a complété son doctorat en anthropologie à l'Université Laval. Les intérêts de recherche de Professeur Castillo sont nombreux et variés: les jeunes en difficulté, l'action communautaire, la gouvernance urbaine et l'économie politique.

Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus sur la recherche de Professeur Castillo.

Professor Piché publishes an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen on the perils of carceral expansion

In light of on-going efforts by the Government of Ontario and others to justify the construction of a new and bigger jail in Ottawa, Justin Piché (Associate Professor) has published a new op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen discussing the perils of carceral expansion, with a focus on the lessons learned from the replacement of the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W) with new regional penitentiaries for federally sentenced women. Click here to read a version of the op-ed with links. 

Nouvel article par Richard Dubé et Margarida Garcia

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Un nouvel article écrit par Richard Dubé et Margarida Garcia intitulé "Le judiciaire, la détermination de la peine et la polycontexturalité de l’opinion publique" vient de paraitre dans La Revue Canadienne Droit et Société. L'article re-conceptualise la manière dont les sciences sociales et juridiques représentent le rapport entre le système judiciaire et l'opinion publique, et propose que l'objectif soit plutôt de comprendre comment le judicaire pense que l'opinion publique pense le judiciaire.

Criminology research featured as part of uOttawa's 150 ideas campaign / La recherche en criminologie est citée dans le cadre d'une campagne d'uOttawa qui promouvoit 150 idées marquantes

Over the past few months, the Office of the Vice-President Research at the University of Ottawa initiated a social media campaign to share 150 key ideas emerging from scholarly work conducted by its researchers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada.  Congratulations to professors in the Department of Criminology whose work was profiled as part of this campaign. 
 

Au cours des derniers mois, le Cabinet de la vice-rectrice à la recherche à l'Université d'Ottawa a initié une campagne de médias sociaux pour partager 150 idées marquantes provenant du travail académique mené par ses chercheurs pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire du Canada. Félicitations aux professeurs du Département de criminologie pour leur travail remarquable qui a été cité dans le cadre de cette campagne.

1 May / mai 2017: High school success linked to student safety / Le sentiment de sécurité contribue à la réussite scolaire - Carolyn Côte-Lussier 

9 May / mai 2017: Legalizing cannabis: Tax money should be earmarked for prevention / Légalisation du cannabis: taxer pour mieux prévenir - Line Beauchesne

19 May / mai 2017: What really happens in a prison? The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons / Que se passe-t-il vraiment en prison : le Journal of Prisoners on Prisons - Claire Delisle, Sandra Lehalle, Maritza Felices-Luna, Sylvie Frigon, Chrstine Gervais, Jennifer Kilty, Erin McCuaig and Justin Piché

24 May / mai 2017: What happened to civilian oversight of the RCMP? / Qu'est-il arrivé à la surveillance civile de la GRC? - Michael Kempa

13 June / juin 2017: @SSHRC_CRSH Partnership Grants fund remarkable @Afrinnovation + @eQuality_ca projects @uOttawaTechLaw / 2 subventions de partenariats chez @uOttawaTechLaw accordées aux projets @Afrinnovation + @eQuality_ca projects - Valerie Steeves