Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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Robina Institute Blog

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
    The Lesson of Meek Mill: A Probation System 'Set Up to Fail'
    This post is also published on The Crime Report Meek Mill, winner of the 2016 Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, made news in November when he was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation. The judge cited a series of supervision violations...
  • Ivy Pillar
    What Purpose Should Probation Serve? Looking to Other Alternatives
    Many agree that probation is a good alternative to incarceration. There are several noteworthy benefits to probation: probation keeps individuals in the community and is more cost-effective compared to incarceration. With calls to decrease mass incarceration, it may make...
  • Erin Harbinson
    The Importance of Coming Together: Sharing and Discussing Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
    The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is dedicated to engaging in research and education that intersects with policy and practice, specifically, in the areas of sentencing, probation, and parole. Each year, staff at the Robina Institute look forward...
  • Richard Frase
    Prior Record Enhancements: High Costs, Uncertain Benefits
    An offender’s record of prior convictions is a major sentencing factor in all sentencing systems, including all U.S. jurisdictions with sentencing guidelines -- offenders in the highest criminal history category often have recommended prison sentences many times longer...
  • Julia Laskorunsky
    We Need More Evidence in the Courtroom
    We need more evidence in the courtroom. Not the kind of evidence used to convict an offender, but the kind of social science evidence-based practices popular in other areas of the criminal justice system.  Criminologists have developed smart policing and evidence-based...
  • Kelly Lyn Mitchell
    Women in Prison: A Small Population Requiring Unique Policy Solutions
    *This article will also be posted on the The Gender Policy Report at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  It is easy to overlook the presence of women in our prison system.  After all, in Minnesota, women account for just over 7% of...