Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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Creating Transformative Change: Robina Institute 10th Anniversary Series

Prison Release Discretion and Prison Population Size

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Thank you for joining the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice on November 10, 2021 for "Prison Release Discretion and Prison Population Size." View a recording of the event below. 

With a focus on the length of prison sentences and their contribution to America's high rate of incarceration, the Robina Institute's Prison Release: Degrees of Indeterminacy Project shines a light on the oft-ignored role that back-end decision-makers - like parole boards and prison officials – play in determining actual time served. Cross-state differences in legal frameworks for prison release decisions reflect differing capacities to reduce and increase prison populations. An empirical examination of how these system design features affect time served provides policymakers with potential tools to manage prison population size. 

This presentation featured a panel of researchers and practitioners who reviewed the lessons emerging from the Prison Release: Degrees of Indeterminacy Project and its potential for system-wide effects. Panelists included:

  • Kevin R. Reitz - James Annenberg La Vea Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Jennifer Shaffer - Executive Officer, California Board of Parole Hearings
  • Julia Laskorunsky - Research Scholar, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Kristen Hilkey - Chair, Colorado State Board of Parole
  • Moderation by Kelly Lyn Mitchell - Executive Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, University of Minnesota Law School

CLE Credits

1.5 standard CLE credits have been approved. Event code #421025.

Event Recording

Prison Release Discretion and Prison Population Size

Contact

If you have additional questions please email us at robina@umn.edu or call (612) 626-6600.