Robina Institute In Conversation Series

Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Event Panelists

Date and Time

Past Event


Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Thank you for joining the Robina Institute on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, for “Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.” View a recording of the event below.

Numerous studies have found that African Americans, Native Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in prison and jail populations relative to their numbers in the general population. Similar disparities are found at earlier stages of criminal justice processing, beginning with investigatory stops and arrests by the police, and all of these disparities are worse in Minnesota than for the nation as a whole. What accounts for these persistent disparities, and what can be done about them? Some observers see such disparities as the product of overt and implicit bias by criminal justice officials and policymakers; others claim that such disparities primarily reflect racial and ethnic differences in criminal offending.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Two elimination of bias CLE credits for attorneys were approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education office.


Speakers & Moderators

Richard Frase
Former Co-Director, Robina Institute; Professor of Law Emeritus; Benjamin N. Berger Professor of Criminal Law Emeritus
Kedar Hickman
Kedar Hickman
Program Manager, Ujamaa Place
Myron Orfield
Myron Orfield
Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity