Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is a term that broadly refers to the laws, policies, and institutions that govern crime and our responses to it. We seek to contribute to criminal justice reform by conducting original research, often in partnership with agencies and community groups, to develop unique, research-informed solutions that serve public safety.


In late 2020, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter established the Community-First Public Safety Commission and charged the group with focusing on alternative first-response options to priority four and priority five calls for service, and…
This report examines the role of prosecutors in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in influencing the contours of felony probation sentences. The main target of this study was to determine how prosecutors view and influence the length of…
Assistant Professor Rebecca Shlafer (Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health) led a University of Minnesota research project and survey on "Parents in Minnesota Jails and Their…