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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.

  • 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...
  • Ronald P. Corbett, Jr
    The Nexus Between Neuroscience and Probation
    In a June, 2017 conference at Harvard Law School, Professor Bekh Bradley from Emory University, presented on the subject of "Trauma-Focused Neuroscience” to an audience of federal court officials, including judges. It was my task to respond to Dr. Bradley’s presentation...
  • Claire Hill
    Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion
    It was early August of 2014 when Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.  The shooting of Michael Brown quickly spawned protests and public unrest that transfixed the nation – and the world – for several...
  • Michelle S. Phelps
    To Fix the Justice System, Shrink and Reform Community Supervision
    This post was originally published on In Justice Today on July 25, 2017. See the original post, here. Over the past decade, the U.S. embarked on an unprecedented jail and prison building campaign, reaching a peak of 2.3 million people incarcerated in adult facilities in...
  • Carl Wicklund
    The Three R’s of Conditions of Supervision
    At a recent meeting of the Robina Institute’s Probation Revocation Advisory Board there was a presentation and discussion about the work being done in Massachusetts addressing court-ordered conditions of probation and their relationship to probation revocations. In...