Justin Piche
Justin Piché
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Social Sciences Building, FSS13049 (120 University Private)
Work: 613-562-5800 ext. 1812


Research Interests

  • Imprisonment and human rights
  • Alternatives to incarceration
  • Penal reform and abolition

Justin Piché is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. For more than a decade, he has been engaged in action research projects that examine how state authorities incorporate and neutralize critiques of, and alternatives to, imprisonment to inform community organizing oriented around enhancing the human rights of criminalized people and promoting their liberation. He currently serves as Director of the Carceral Studies Research Collective and Co-editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, which is a peer-reviewed journal featuring articles written by current and former prisoners published by the University of Ottawa Press. Professor Piché is also a member of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, which runs the Jail Accountability & Information Line that works in solidarity with people held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre to address the human rights issues they face.