CPEP launches the Jail Accountability and Information Line

Since 2012, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) has brought together University of Ottawa and Carleton University professors and students, as well as former prisoners and other concerned members of the community to conduct research on, and raise awareness about, the need to reduce the use of imprisonment and improve conditions of confinement.

This week, the group launched the JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line where people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and their loved ones can call 613-567-JAIL (5245) from 1pm to 4pm, 7 days a week. The JAIL hotline has two objectives: accountability and information.

It aims to hold OCDC staff and management, along with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Correctional Service and provincial government, accountable for their administration of the Innes Road jail and encourage the observance of human rights standards for prisoners housed there. To this end, when the JAIL receives reports of problematic conditions and mistreatment of prisoners at OCDC, volunteers work with callers to identify potential solutions and take steps to attempt to prevent further harm. The JAIL also provides callers with contact information to local community care and service providers to help facilitate the safe re-entry of prisoners into the community upon release from OCDC.

If you are interested in prison justice work and want to volunteer for the JAIL hotline, contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) via email at justin.piche@uottawa.ca. Volunteer roles include fundraising, research, French and English communications, building community partnerships with care and services providers who can facilitate prisoner re-entry, developing complaint resolution plans, as well as call intake and debriefing.

To learn more about the JAIL hotline, read an article about it published in the Ottawa Citizen by journalist Bruce Deachman, listen to Professor Piché’s interview on All in a Day with CBC Radio Ottawa’s Alan Neal or watch his interview on Ottawa News at 6 with CBC Ottawa’s Adrian Harewood (at 26:45 to 33:40).


CPEP members publish op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, to hold rally denouncing deaths in custody tomorrow

Sarah Speight (PhD student, Geography, uOttawa), Souheil Benslimane (BA student, Social Innovation, St. Paul’s University), Aaron Doyle (Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University) and Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) have published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Stop criminalizing people living with mental health issues. It kills.” The piece discusses the Coroner’s inquest into the circumstances that led to the death of Cas Geddies, who ended-up in solitary confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre instead of receiving care and compassion in the community.

CPEP is organizing a rally beginning at 8:30am tomorrow at the Canadian Tribute for Human Rights (corner of Elgin and Lisgar) to mark the resumption of the inquest, and to demand an end to the harms caused by punishing rather than supporting members of our communities. Click here for more details.

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Un nouvel article publié par la professeure Strimelle et sa collègue


Véronique Strimelle (Professeur Agrégé) de même que sa collègue Alice Jaspart de l’Université libre de Bruxelles viennent tout juste de publier un nouvel article dans la revue Nouvelles pratiques sociales ayant pour titre L’appel à un tiers en cas de conflit interindividuel : Expériences de médiateurs et d’intervenants.

Les deux chercheuses traitent des situations de déprivatisation des conflits lorsque les gens se tournent vers un tiers en dehors de la sphère juridico-pénale en se basant sur des expériences relatées par des médiateurs sociaux et d’autres intervenants travaillant en règlement des conflits.

Numéro de la revue Criminologie dirigé par les professeurs Cauchie, Corriveau et Perreault


Jean-François Cauchie (Professeur agrégé), Patrice Corriveau (Professeur titulaire) et Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée) ont dirigé un numéro thématique de la revue Criminologie intitulé Prise en charge du suicide: entre crime, troubles mentaux et droit de mourir.

Parmi les articles du numéro, on retrouve “Un droit criminel en retrait ou en introspection? Les plaintes déposées pour tentative de suicide dans le district judiciaire de Montréal (1908-1919)”, rédigé par Jean-François Cauchie, Patrice Corriveau, Bryan Hamel (diplômé du programme de maîtrise) et leur collègue Annie Lyonnais. Le numéro compte aussi un article de David Joubert (Professeur agrégé) intitulé “Psychopathologie, traitement et genre en milieu psycholégal: associations avec les conduites suicidaires”.

Justin Piché et son collègue publient un nouvel article

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Justin Piché (Professeur agrégé) de même que son collègue Kevin Walby de l’Université de Winnipeg ont récemment publié un article ayant pour titre Les musées de prison au Canada : une réflexion abolitionniste. Paru dans la revue Déviance et Société dans un numéro spécial portant sur le « Système pénal et patrimonialisation : entre lieux de mémoire et tourisme carcéral », cet article s’intéresse à 45 prisons transformées en musées au Canada tout en se demandant si celles-ci peuvent alimenter le projet abolitionniste ou, à l’inverse, faire obstacle au démantèlement du système carcéral. Ils concluent que dans la majorité des cas, ces sites réaffirment les définitions étatiques, juridiques et populaires de ce qui constitue un « crime », diabolisent les « criminels » de manière qui sert à justifier leur criminalisation et leur captivité.

New publication by Steven Bittle and Jon Frauley on corporate crime


Steven Bittle (Associate Professor) and Jon Frauley (Associate Professor) recently published a new article in the special issue Crimes of the Powerful: The Canadian Context of the journal Critical Criminology. In their article titled “The Profits of Recognition: A Praxeological Approach to Corporate Crime”, the two researchers empirically demonstrate the benefits of this approach by examining state efforts to discipline corporations through criminal law in Canada and the United Kingdom, arguing that law’s rational actor model serves to have us “misrecognize” the genesis of corporate offending and, in the process, “reproduces the myth that compliance is a distinctly legal phenomenon.” The issue of Critical Criminology is also co-edited by Steven Bittle.

Dominique Robert et Esther Danais-Raymond publient un nouvel article

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Dominique Robert (Professeur agrégée) et Esther Danais-Raymond (Étudiante diplômée à la maitrise en criminologie de l’Université d’Ottawa en 2017) viennent récemment de publier dans la revue Criminologie un nouvel article ayant pour titre “Faire entendre sa plainte. Le savoir-faire mobilisé dans la composition des rapports disciplinaires en prison.” Cette recherche s’intéresse à des rapports disciplinaires produits sur un an dans une prison québécoise en en faisant une analyse de discours qui cerne les ordres de justice de même que les répertoires interprétatifs mobilisés par les agents qui voient à faire entendre leurs plaintes.

Shift the Power: a day of workshops on community mobilization

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What is the role of a community's agency when we talk about implementing projects that address social issues specific to a certain context? What are the practical differences between international initiatives and local ones? Who holds the power in the decision-making process - and if not the community, how do we shift this power to them?

The Community Mobilization in Crisis (CMIC) initiative is organizing a day of workshops to familiarize local community mobilizers and groups with training materials produced by CMIC as well as gain their feedback and engage in a discussion on how to best improve, adapt, and contextualize the materials for use by community mobilizers, NGO staff, and local groups and initiatives with the focus on "Shifting the Power". This project is led by Emily Wills (Assistant Professor, Political Studies) and Nadia Abu-Zahra (Associate Professor, International Development and Global Studies). David Moffette (Assistant Professor) from our department is part of the SSHRC connexion grant that supports this event.

Monday November 26th, 2018 11 AM to 2 PM
University of Ottawa, LMX 407

To register please complete this form, or contact CMIC directly at cmic@uottawa.ca

David Moffette publishes a new article in Theoretical Criminology

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) recently published a new article in Theoretical Criminology. The article develops the literature on crimmigration by mapping out the multilayered legal governance of immigrant street vendors in Barcelona. Questioning the idea of a merger between immigration law and criminal law that scholars of crimmigration often imply, the article suggests that it is the heterogeneity and distinction between various legal regimes that is most productive and problematic in the governing of immigrants.

Panel on the Future of Solitary Confinement in Ontario and Canada


The Criminology Undergraduate Students' Association will be hosting a panel on the future of solitary confinement in Ontario and Canada. Drawing on lived experiences of imprisonment, legal work and research, multiple panellists will discuss what may lie ahead and what is at stake as the future of solitary confinement in both Ontario and Canada grinds forward.

The event features Yusuf Faqiri, Paul Champ, and our colleagues Justin Piché (Associate Professor) and Rachel Faytor (PhD student) .

The event will be held on Thursday, November 22 between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm at the Learning Crossroad (CRX) Room C020

We are looking forward to seeing you in large number!

Carolyn Côté-Lussier and her colleagues published two new articles

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Carolyn Côté-Lussier (Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, and Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa) and her colleagues recently published two new articles, each making methodological contributions toward measuring variation in intra-urban neighborhood environments. The first one titled"Mapping ambient light at night using field observations and high-resolution remote sensing imagery for studies of urban environments" establishes the validity of using aerial based imagery to derive accurate assessments of intra-urban variation in Night Time Light. The second one, "Ego-centered relative neighborhood deprivation and reported dietary habits among youth", applies a new measure of neighborhood-relative deprivation to explain dietary habits among youth.

Chris Bruckert and Tuulia Law publish a new book


Chris Bruckert (Full Professor) and her colleague Tuulia Law (former PhD student in our department and Assistant Professor at York University) have recently published a new book entitled Women and Gendered Violence in Canada: An Intersectional Approach. By drawing on a range of theoretical traditions emerging from feminism, criminology, and sociology, Women and Gendered Violence in Canada significantly expands the conversation on violence against women.

Reporting back from CRM 50: Sociotechnical Controversies

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During the last week of September, the Department celebrated its 50th anniversary with a full week of academic talks and conferences. Among them was a panel titled "Sociotechnical Controversies: “Acting in an Uncertain World" featuring panelists from the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University as well as the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Here is a report back from someone who attended:

“We know that we do not know but that is almost all that we know” (Callon et al. 1991, p.21). What are analysts of new technologies to do in such circumstances? The panelists indicated all kinds of research avenues that they fruitfully explore in their research. Marisa Beck talked to us about the necessity of opening up the algorithms designed by economists to assess the impacts of climate change. Sachil Singh showed how he unpacks the meaning of race and gender in big data (point of care) used to guide medical practice and the effects those databases have on disadvantages communities. Ciara Bracken-Roche emphasized how drones are not just instruments and how they have political impacts for the Indigenous communities policed by them in times of protests. Rafael Aguirre talked about the shock between different spheres of validity in knowledge in the oil and gas industry as well as the dynamic of ignorance that fluctuate over a project. Finally, Laura Nourrallah shared with us the fact that more or better information is not always the solution and discussed how analysts have to start seriously tackling the role of community values in projects such as hydraulic fracturing. These researchers offered a rich and thoughtful discussion to all of us interested in issues of justice.

We want to thank all our panelists for making this event a success!

Baljit Nagra and David Moffette invite you to a reading group on Borderland/La Frontera


As part of the activities of the Cafés Classiques, the Research collective on migration and racism (COMIR) is organizing the last open reading group of the 2018 autumn term on the book Borderlands/La Frontera : The New Mestiza (1988) written Gloria Anzaldúa. This gathering will be organized by Baljit Nagra (Assistant Professor) as well as David Moffette (Assistant Professor). Even though the event will be primarily facilitated in English, participants are invited to speak in English or in French.

Please bring your lunch although, coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

The reading will only focus on the chapters 1, 2, 5 and 7 (45 pages).

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 13th 2018 between 11: 30 am and 1 :00pm at the FSS3040.

 We are looking forward to seeing you in large number!


Programme de maitrise en Criminologie avec un deuxième diplôme de L'Université Catholique de Louvain

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Le département offre la possibilité de s’inscrire à la thèse et d’acquérir un double diplôme en criminologie (DDC) combinant une année d’études à l’Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) en Belgique, soit la première année d’études, et une deuxième année d’études à l’Université d’Ottawa, donnant accès ainsi à une maîtrise ès arts en criminologie de l’Université d’Ottawa et une maîtrise en criminologie de l’UCL.

Pour plus d’information concernant les dates limites d’inscription, les exigences du programme et les bourses disponibles, contactez Michael Kempa (Directeur du Département) à Michael.Kempa@uottawa.ca ou Patrice Corriveau (Responsable du programme de double diplôme) à Patrice.Corriveau@uottawa.ca .

Learn more about the Walls to Bridges Program at uOttawa

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Sandra Lehalle (Assistant Professor) and Jennifer Kilty (Associate Professor) are running a Walls to Bridges Course again this year. This course, based on the Walls-to-Bridges Program model, is an opportunity for a small group of students from the University of Ottawa (up to a maximum of 10) and a detention centre (up to a maximum of 10) to study together as peers in a seminar style course. Classes will be held inside a detention centre and the instructor will act as facilitator to guide discussion about the various topics and as resources to share relevant information where appropriate.

The class will be seminar style with large and small group discussion, in class group activities, a group project, personal written reflections (journaling), and a final paper as the primary methods of learning and evaluation. The instructor will act as facilitator to guide discussion about the various topics, and as resource to share relevant information where appropriate.

The winter 2019 course explores the subject of othering” and the divisive mentalities that pit groups in opposition to one another (us versus them). Students will learn through in class activities, readings, group discussions, journaling and other writing assignments, and individual and group assignments based on academic and non-academic (popular culture) literature and materials. There will be a special focus on the deconstruction of the other in relation to race, gender, class and poverty in the criminal justice system and the community. Students will be encouraged to examine local, national and international cases/topics and to discuss the othering process as it occurs in these cases. Students will be asked to consider how we (individually and collectively) actively engage in othering, how it works, as well as what we are trying to protect/defend by othering. Discussion of how we can resist othering will also be encouraged. It is only through open and honest discussion that we can start to unpack the othering process and how we mobilize our own privilege (consciously or not) to cast certain groups as different, dangerous or other.

For more information, click here.

4 et 18 oct: Ateliers pratiques de demandes de bourses / Oct. 4 and 18: Hands-on workshops on grant applications

Appliquer pour des bourses externes (CRSH, BESO, FQRSC, etc.) fait partie des tâches d’un(e) étudiant(e) gradué(e). Non seulement elles offrent un appui financier important, elles sont aussi prestigieuses et peuvent grandement faciliter la poursuite d’une carrière académique. Si vous avez de très bonnes notes (une moyenne de 8.0/10 ou A-), le département vous encourage fortement à appliquer. Pour vous aider, nous organisons deux ateliers cet automne, en plus de la séance d’information organisée par la faculté. Les ateliers sont bilingues et ouverts aux étudiant(e)s gradué(e)s et de 4e année de baccalauréat en criminologie.

Rédaction d’une demande de bourse 1
4 octobre, 14 :30-16:15, FSS 4006
·      Présentation très brève des bourses disponibles et de l’importance d’un projet bien écrit ;
·      Conseils d'un professeur(e) du département qui a évalué les demandes de bourses ;
·      Conseils et expériences d’étudiant(e)s boursier(e)s du département
·      Remise d’un dossier avec des copies d’applications qui ont été financées pour vous aider à rédiger les vôtres.

Rédaction d’une demande de bourse 2
18 octobre, 14:30-16:15, FSS 4006
·      En petits groupes, lecture de vos projets (ou brouillons) et commentaires ;
·      Commentaires d’étudiant(e)s boursiers et de profs pour vous aider.

Augmentez vos chances de réussite et transformez un processus compétitif en une opportunité de collaboration et d’échange avec vos pairs.

Applying for external funding (SSHRC, OGS, FQRSC, etc.) is amongst the most important tasks of a new graduate student. Not only do grants provide important financial support, they can greatly facilitate the pursuit of an academic career. If your grades are good (i.e. an average of at least 8.0/10 or A-), the department strongly encourages you to apply. In order to help you, we are organizing two workshops this fall—in addition to the information session organized by the Faculty. The workshops are bilingual and open to 4th year BA and graduate students (MA and PhD) in criminology.

Grant Writing Workshop 1
October 4th, 2:30-4:15, FSS 4006
·      Brief overview of available grants and of the importance of a well-written project;
·      Advice by one of the departmental professors who has evaluated scholarship applications;
·      Advice from criminology students who hold external grants;
·      Distribution of copies of previously successful student applications to help you in writing your own.

Grant Writing Workshop 2
October 18th, 2:30-4:15, FSS 4006
·      In small groups, review of your projects (or drafts) and comments;
·      Opportunity for feedback from past successful student applicants and faculty members.

Increase your chances of getting funding and turn this competitive process into an opportunity for collaboration and sharing with your peers.