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.

  • 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...
  • Court House
    Parole Boards within Indeterminate and Determinate Sentencing Structures
    Parole boards make release decisions today that carry significant implications for correctional populations across the country.  There is no question that they have experienced dramatic challenges to their operations with a sizeable number of states abolishing or...
  • Flag Barbed Wire
    Reflections on Guantanamo Bay
    From January 28 to February 3, 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to serve as an observer for pretrial hearings against suspected terrorists. The trials against these individuals have been convened by a military commission, which is a military...
  • Law School Sunrise
    Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School
    The current national and global political climates have seen an increase in the need for legal services, representation, and policies for many marginalized groups. It is no surprise then that law schools are seeing an influx of applicants of individuals interested in...
  • Court House
    The Parole Revocation Problem
    After decades of upward trajectory, prison populations have finally stabilized – and even slightly decreased. This is due to a number of trends and policy changes, such as the repeal of state mandatory minimum laws, a reduction in violent crime, and in some cases, the...
  • Prison Tower
    Incarcerated Mothers in Minnesota: Opportunities for Education and Intervention
    Introduction     Numerous research studies have examined differences between men and women and their “pathways in and out of incarceration”1 2.  As a result, it is now well understood that women often come to prison with particular burdens—they have much higher rates of...