Thursday, May 18, 2023

Canadian Policing How and Why it Must Change

University of Toronto Faculty of Law Professor Kent Roach’s 2022 book Canadian Policing: Why and How It Must Change (Irwin Law Inc.) has been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, celebrating excellence in public policy writing by Canadian authors.

Selected by a jury and administered by the Donner Canadian Foundation, one of Canada’s largest foundations established in 1950, the $60,000 Donner Prize recognizes authors who make original and meaningful contributions to Canadian policy discourse. Since 1967, the Donner Canadian Foundation has contributed more than $150 million to public policy research in Canada.

Roach’s book is the second in what he describes as a trilogy on Canadian criminal justice. The other two include the recently published Wrongfully Convicted: Guilty Pleas, Imagined Crimes, and What Canada Must Do to Safeguard Justice (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2003) and 2019’s Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice: The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case (McGill-Queen's University Press), which was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing.

“The book [Canadian Policing] is for the general reader who is interested in what goes wrong in the Canadian criminal justice system, and what we can do to make it better,” Roach told U of T News last year when the book was published.

Five books were shortlisted for the 2022 prize. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Toronto on May 18, 2023.