Carleton Prof. Aaron Doyle, with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will be heading a panel to discuss, “A Bigger Jail for Ottawa or Community Alternatives?” Panellists include Erin Dej from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Marilou Gagnon from the University of Ottawa’s School of Nursing and Overdose Prevention Ottawa, Hawa Mohamed from the Canadian Somali Mothers Association, and Dan Parlow, an Ojibway man and Carleton Criminology undergraduate who is a former prisoner.

When: Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Auditorium, Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street.

Info: Registration is encouraged, please visit:


In May 2017, the Ontario government suddenly announced plans to replace Ottawa’s crowded Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) with a new jail that would hold 140 more prisoners—a 24 per cent increase—and cost an estimated half a billion dollars or more. About two-thirds of prisoners in OCDC are on remand awaiting court dates in an increasingly clogged legal system, often as a result of bail breaches for relatively minor violations. This event seeks to initiate a public dialogue about whether the new jail is the most humane, productive and cost-effective way to deal with social problems that affect Ottawa and much of the jail population, such as poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol issues.

About Aaron Doyle

Aaron Doyle was born in London, England and grew up in New Zealand and in Victoria, B.C. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as a journalist for five years. He has a BA from the University of Victoria, an MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. From 2000 to 2002, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He joined Carleton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2002 and is the department chair.

Doyle’s areas of interest include critical and public criminology, especially jails and prisons, and on relations between media, culture and criminal justice; risk, insurance, security and governance; surveillance studies, especially camera surveillance; social movements and protest.

About CU in the City

The aim of CU in the City is to share Carleton’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) research with the wider community by holding research talks in various Canadian cities. The CU in the City series  provides opportunities for FASS faculty and students to interact with one another off campus as well as strengthen ties between FASS and the general public.

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