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


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.


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


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.

Billet d'Eduardo González Castillo - L'intervention communautaire en criminologie: Étude d'un cas lavallois

Billet d'Eduardo González Castillo - L'intervention communautaire en criminologie: Étude d'un cas lavallois

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, Eduardo González Castillo décrit le projet de recherche “Service aux jeunes” (SAJ) auquel il participe.

L’intervention communautaire en criminologie : Étude d’un cas lavallois

Par Eduardo González Castillo (Professeur adjoint)

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Ateliers du Collectif de recherche sur les migrations et le racisme (COMIR) / Workshops by the Research Collective on Migration and Racism (COMIR)

Le Collectif de recherche sur les migrations et le racisme (COMIR), dont David Moffette (Professeur adjoint) et Baljit Nagra (Professeure adjointe) sont membres, organise plusieurs activités dans le cadre de la Semaine nationale du travail social.

The Research Collective on Migration and Racism (COMIR), which counts David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and Baljit Nagra (Assistant Professor) among its members, is organizing several events as part of the Semaine nationale du travail social.

March 5: Getting in, getting by and getting out to study refugee hearings: negotiating access and research ethics in practice (en anglais, Q&R bilingue) FSS 4014, 11 :30am- 1 :00pm

Facilitator: Sule Tomkinson, U. Laval


6 mars: Le traitement des demandeur·euse·s d’asile au Canada (in French only) DMS 12102, 8h30 à 11h30

Conférencières : Delphine Nakache (U. d’Ottawa) & Sule Tomkinson (U. Laval)


6 mars: Publier sa recherche en BD, et pourquoi pas? La bande dessinée comme outil de diffusion et de sensibilisation (in French only) DMS 12102, 14h30 à 16h00

Conférencières : Yasmine Bouagga (Triangle/CNRS) & Marie-Ève Carrier-Moisan (U. Carleton)


7 mars: De Calais à Montréal : la mobilisation du milieu associatif et communautaire pour l’accueil des migrant·e·s sans papiers (in French only) FSS 4007, 11h30 à 14h30

Conférencier·ère·s : Yasmine Bouagga (Triangle/CNRS) & René Fréchette (ALPA)

Journée d’étude "Direction de thèse, supervision de doctorant.e.s : enjeux et contextes de l’encadrement aux cycles supérieurs"

Michèle Diotte (Doctorante) est co-organisatrice d’une journée d’étude intitulée « Direction de thèse, supervision de doctorant.e.s : enjeux et contextes de l’encadrement aux cycles supérieurs ». Cette journée s’adresse au corps professoral et aux étudiant.e.s aux cycles supérieurs.

La journée est organisée par le GT18 (Devenir et être sociologue/AISLF) et le Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur la citoyenneté et les minorités (CIRCEM).

18 mars 2019, de 10h00 à 19h30

Université d’Ottawa, Pavillon Alex-Trebek, Salle Johnson, (157 Séraphin-Marion)

Places limitées, inscription gratuite et obligatoire 
Pour vous inscrire, veuillez écrire à l’adresse suivante et mentionner votre nom, votre statut et votre affiliation. Veuillez également indiquer si vous souhaitez participer à la journée entière ou à certaines activités uniquement (cela nous permettra notamment de mieux prévoir l’organisation du repas du midi et de l’activité de présentation des livres). Vous serez ajouté à l’infolettre du CIRCEM.

Chesney et Frigon publient un article sur la question de la corporalité en recherche sur les femmes incarcérées

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Catherine Chesnay (Diplômée de notre programme de doctorat et Professeure en travail social à l’UQÀM) et Sylvie Frigon (Professeure titulaire) ont publié un article intitulé “Le corps de la chercheuse et le corps de la détenue en miroir: une esquisse des apports des concepts de ‘nomadisme‘ et de ‘liminalité’” dans la revue Recherches qualitatives. L’article “jette […] des jalons pour une compréhension renouvelée de la recherche qualitative avec les femmes incarcérées” en interrogeant “la question de la corporalité de la chercheuse dans le processus de recherche” à travers “les concepts de subjectivité nomade et de liminalité”.

Essay by Bittle, Hébert and Chen: Estimating work-related deaths in Canada

Essay by Bittle, Hébert and Chen:  Estimating work-related deaths in Canada

Every month, the Blog of the Department of Criminology publishes essays written by our colleagues featuring their research or their analysis of current issues. In this essay, Steven Bittle (Associate Professor), Jasmine Hébert (PhD Student) and Ashley Chen (former MA Student) discuss their report on work-related deaths in Canada.

Estimating work-related deaths in Canada

By Steven Bittle (Associate Professor), Jasmine Hébert (PhD Student) and Ashley Chen (former MA student)

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Book launch on adversity, strength and resilience in the lives of homeless youth

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Criminology alumni Benjamin Roebuck (BA, MA, PhD in our department, now at Algonquin College) and his colleague Sue-Ann MacDonald (Social Work, Université de Montréal) recently published a book titled Staying Alive While Living The Life: Adversity, Strength and Resilience in the Lives of Homeless Youth. There will be a book launch on campus soon. See below for details:

Book Launch

Thursday March 28, 2019, 4pm-6pm

FSS 4004

Atelier pour étudiant(e)s gradué(e)s sur la publication scientifique / Graduate Academic Publication Workshop

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Graduate Academic Publication Workshop

Monday, March 11, 2019, 9:30am – 11:00am
FSS 11003


  • Academic Writing and Publishing Process

  • Strategies for Book Reviews, Articles & Chapters

  • Graduate Student and Other Peer-reviewed Journals in Criminology and Related Fields


    Charissa Crépeault (PhD Candidate)
    Michèle Diotte (PhD Candidate)
    Isabelle Perreault (Associate Professor)
    David Moffette (Assistant Professor)

    * This is a bilingual event *

Atelier pour étudiant(e)s gradué(e)s sur la publication scientifique

Lundi, 11 mars, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00
FSS 11003


  • Le processus de rédaction et de publication d’articles scientifiques

  • Les stratégies pour les articles, les chapitres et les recensions

  • Les revues pour étudiant(e)s gradué(e)s et évaluées par les pairs en criminologie et champs connexes


Charissa Crépeault (Candidate au doctorat)
Michèle Diotte (Candidate au doctorat)
Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée)
David Moffette (Professeur adjoint)

* Cet événement est bilingue *

Talk on arts in Aotearoa New Zealand Prisons and the role of the Arohata Women's Prison Book Club

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Sylvie Frigon (Full Professor) is organizing a Conference by Marianne Bevan who is currently an O'Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre For Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University. She works as a researcher for the Department of Corrections in Wellington, New Zealand where her work focuses on issues related to women's offending, family violence and trauma. She has been facilitating a book club with women at Arohata Women's Prison for the past four years.

Thursday, February 28, 2 :30 to 4 :00 pm
FSS 14005, University of Ottawa
RSVP : before February 26th.

* An excerpt from the the novel 'The Mars Room' by Rachel Kushner, which was read in the book club can also  be read on the New Yorker website