Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) presents events that focus attention on criminology, criminal justice and public policy topics.
Highly anticipated annual events such as the Truscott Lecture in Justice and Wrongful Conviction Day panels center on crime and justice. Other lecture series such as the Criminal Justice in Practice series draws on community expertise to complement classroom learnings.
Truscott Lecture in Justice
The Truscott Lecture in Justice series is part of the Truscott Initiative launched at the University of Guelph in 2009, to commemorate the struggles of Guelph resident Steven Truscott and his family.
Truscott was wrongly convicted at the age of 14 and spent years in prison before his release in 1969. He was acquitted by the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2007. His decades-long battle to prove his innocence after the 1959 murder of his schoolmate Lynne Harper is well known across Canada.
The Truscott Initiative aims to improve understanding of the Canada’s complex criminal justice system and to highlight how criminal justice intersects with other policy areas and broader conceptions of justice.
Past Truscott Lectures
- Covering Crime – Canadian Reporters Tell the Inside Story (2020)
- What Does the Future of Justice Look Like? Presented by Senator Kim Pate (2019)
- Challenging the Status Quo, presented by the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario (2017)
- Lessons Learned from an Inquiry into Wrongful Convictions, presented by the Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, Q.C. (2015)
Wrongful Conviction Day
Wrongful Conviction Day, which is held each year on October 2, brings attention to the injustices faced by the wrongfully convicted. CJPP events in support of this day help to educate the campus and wider communities about the causes of wrongful convictions and the experiences of the wrongfully convicted.
Past Wrongful Conviction Day Events
- Panel discussion with special guest exoneree Robert Baltovich (2020)
- Panel discussion with special guest exoneree O'Neil Blackett (2019)
- Panel discussion with special guest exonerees William Mullins-Johnson and David Milgaard (2018)
Criminal Justice in Practice Series
The Criminal Justice in Practice (CJiP) event series is tailored to CJPP students. It invites community members who work with or have experience with the Canadian justice system to speak on various current issues. These events help students to relate their classroom learnings to the real world of criminal justice and to consider potential career paths.
Past Events in the Series
- Trial Actors: Social Exclusion and the Criminal Justice System with Gail Smith (2020)
- Lived Experiences of the Justice System: Pathways In and Out of Custody with Emily O'Brien (2020)
- Corrections & Community Sanctions: Gangs, Inmate Hierarchy and Culture with Sgt. Marlene Lariviere (2020)
- Policing & Law Enforcement: Engaging Youth in the Community with Guelph Chief of Police Gord Cobey (2019)