ORIOLA

Temitope Oriola – 2023 Dorothy Killam Fellow

Beyond victimization: BIPOC officials in the Canadian criminal justice system

University of Alberta

While studies exist on BIPOC police officers, they are mostly American and rarely intersectional in the Canadian context. This research is crucial in the age of Black Lives Matter, decolonization and movements against Asian hate.

Dr. Oriola will use an intersectionality approach to explore the perspectives of BIPOC criminal justice professionals as both organizational actors and members of marginalized groups in society. This national study will explore micro, meso and macro-sociological underpinnings of and policy directions regarding the Canadian criminal justice system through the lens of BIPOC professionals as insider-outsiders.

We know very little about BIPOC in their ranks in the Canadian context. While studies exist on BIPOC police officers, they are mostly American and rarely intersectional in the Canadian context. Studies on judges, crown prosecutors, defence lawyers and correctional officers in general are scant in Canada. The study will examine the role and interplay of race, gender, religion and sexuality in the experiences and perspectives of participants. The study will produce theoretically grounded analysis and empirically informed comparative findings across various institutions of the criminal justice system. This research is crucial in the age of Black Lives Matter, decolonization and movements against Asian hate.

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