Edward E. Rhine, Ph.D., directs the Parole Release and Revocation Project under the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, University of Minnesota Law School. This project is designed to engage paroling authorities and other key stakeholders in indeterminate sentencing states, and to a lesser extent, in states with determinate sentencing structures, in examining all elements of the discretionary parole release and post-release violations process. Multi-state profiles will be issued and a national survey of parole boards will be conducted, augmented by on-site work with selected jurisdictions, culminating in a final omnibus report showcasing effective strategies and reforms across the country.
From 2004 to 2013, Rhine was the Deputy Director for the Office of Offender Reentry, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. His career has included leadership positions in juvenile and adult corrections in New Jersey, Georgia, and Ohio. He has written and edited numerous publications addressing the work of paroling authorities, the impact of judicial intervention on prison discipline, change issues in probation and parole, the emergence of offender reentry, and correctional best practices. His most recent publications include a co-authored article (with Professor Anthony Thompson) on The Reentry Movement in Corrections: Resiliency, Fragility and Prospects, in the Criminal Law Bulletin, and a chapter on The Present Status and Future Prospects of Parole Boards and Parole Supervision in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections.
He has taught part-time since 1998 as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University.
In 2013, Rhine was appointed as an Adviser to The American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code: Sentencing.
In 2014, Rhine was appointed as a member of the Ohio Public Defender Commission.
Dr. Rhine earned his B.A. in Sociology at Ohio University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. (also in Sociology) at Rutgers University.