About Criminological Highlights

Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting, high quality, criminological research that is currently being published. Its focus is on research that is policy relevant.

The project began in September 1997 with funding from the Department of Justice Canada. Issues are released approximately every 2-3 months with each volume consisting of six issues. 

The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received in the past from the Department of Justice, Canada, and from the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario.  We are especially pleased to have received funding for the current volume from the Geoffrey Hinton Criminology Fund. 

Criminological Highlights is produced by a group of about a dozen academics including faculty from the University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University, doctoral students at the University of Toronto, and the CrimSL librarian. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner.

We regularly scan approximately 70 journals and other research reports. In addition to those papers that we find systematically, we often get other papers recommended to us by readers of Criminological Highlights.

In choosing papers for Criminological Highlights, we look for papers that are both methodologically sound and which would be likely to be interesting and informative to those interested in criminal justice policy.

Criminological Highlights is not designed to create a “summary” of all published research in criminology, nor is Highlights meant to be a substitute for a proper “review” of what is known in a particular policy area. Rather, the publication is meant to include summaries of findings that should be part of the “general education” of those interested in criminal justice policy.

In addition to the individual issues, we produce, from time to time, “special issues” in which relevant Criminological Highlights summaries are collected and integrated into a report addressing a specific topic.

The current and past individual issues of Criminological Highlights as well as the special issues can be found on our website: www.crimhighlights.ca.

If you are interested in receiving Criminological Highlights by email, please email anthony.doob@utoronto.ca or click on the “subscribe” button at the top right of our home page: www.crimhighlights.ca.