Canada’s 50-year record of penal stability is in jeopardy. Rising concerns about crime and disorder have led to a shift in the country’s politics, leading to an unprecedented increase in strict sanctions.

To explore this subject, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University will host “Canadian Political Culture: Explaining the Evolution of Canadian Criminal Justice” at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 17, in the Laurel Room of the WVU Mountainlair on the downtown campus.

Kyle Mulrooney, a Ph.D. fellow with the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, will talk about how Canada navigates the balance of power amid political and enforcement influences.

“Canada is a country that has a long history of being much less punitive than the United States—what happened? Mulrooney offers some important answers,” said Walter Dekeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and professor of sociology at WVU.

Mulrooney holds a master’s degree from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in O�ati, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Ontario, Canada.

For more information, contact Walter Dekeseredy at (304) 293-8846 or



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