Creating Transformative Change: Robina Institute 10th Anniversary Series

Prison Release Discretion and Prison Population Size

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Past Event

Thank you for joining the Robina Institute 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.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

1.5 standard CLE credits for attorneys were approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education office. Event code #421025.


Speakers & Moderators

Kevin R. Reitz
Faculty Director, Robina Institute; James Annenberg La Vea Land Grant Chair in Criminal Procedure Law
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Executive Officer, California Board of Parole Hearings
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Chair, Colorado State Board of Parole