The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice brings legal and sociological research, theory, and policy, together with practice to solve common problems in the field of criminal justice. Through this work, we initiate and support coordinated research and policy analysis and partner with multiple local and state jurisdictions from across the nation to provide recommendations and build links between researchers, practitioners, lawmakers, governing authorities, and the public.
The Robina Institute focuses on building these connections through a variety of expertise areas in the field of criminal justice. The emphasis in all areas is on new ways of conceptualizing criminal law and its roles, and new ways of thinking about responses to crime. The Robina Institute is currently working on several research initiatives that take a close look at issues that states and jurisdictions face in sentencing policy and guidelines, including Probation Revocation; Parole Release and Revocation; Criminal History Enhancements; and Sentencing Guidelines.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice was established in 2011 at the University of Minnesota Law School thanks to a generous gift from the Robina Foundation. Created by James H. Binger (’41), the Robina Foundation provides funding to major institutions that generate transformative ideas and promising approaches to addressing critical social issues.