Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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This blog provides timely updates and commentary on issues in sentencing law, criminal justice policy and practice, and other related issues in the field of criminal justice.

  • Law Books
    Risk Assessment and Implementation
    Recently, I wrote about risk assessment for attorneys.  In the past, when I have worked with correctional agencies or conducted research on risk assessment, my focus has been to explain how risk assessments are used to predict reoffending.  Or, sometimes the focus was on...
  • Ivy Pillar
    Deportation, Recidivists and Rehabilitation
    The rhetoric of criminality against non-citizens, especially in the context of immigration enforcement has long historical roots.1 description of a group as “criminals” is a common tactic to justify harsh, even shocking treatment, so it should be no surprise that such...
  • Law School Mondale Hall Sunrise
    The Minnesota Justice Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years of Street Law
    The Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by University of Minnesota Law School students concerned about the decreasing availability of legal services for low-income Minnesotans. MJF strives for justice by creating opportunities...
  • Ivy Pillar
    Perspectives on Probation Revocation Practices: The Challenges of Applying Risk, Need, and Responsivity in the Real World
    As a researcher who studies the effectiveness of community supervision practices and policies on reducing reoffending, it can be easy at times to focus on the “what works” literature and simply compare to where the field aligns with this research.  But often, in the...
  • Jail Door
    We Are All Criminals
    The Robina Institute is pleased to present a Robina In Conversation, “We Are All Criminals,” with Emily Baxter on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, at the University of Minnesota Law School. One in four people in the United States has a criminal record; four in four have a...
  • Lady Justice
    Opinion: The Human Cost of Politicized Parole Consideration
    Parole release decisions for individuals serving life sentences are difficult for parole boards to make, especially if the original crime was notorious. In New York, for example, the decision to release Herman Bell has resulted in intense political polarization and is...

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