Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Frase receives 2012 Equal Justice Award in Research

The Council on Crime and Justice has selected Law School Professor Richard S. Frase as the recipient of its 2012 Equal Justice Award in Research, given for work to identify critical criminal justice issues and trends, enabling policy-makers and the community to address them.

Frase is co-director, with Kevin Reitz, of the Robina Institute’s Sentencing Law and Policy program area. He has researched and written widely on sentencing policy, state sentencing guidelines, U.S. and foreign criminal procedure, comparative sentencing law and practice, punishment theory, race and sentencing, and many related topics. In a book to be released in December, Just Sentencing: Principles and Procedures for a Workable System (Oxford University Press), he presents a new sentencing reform model that accommodates retributive, crime control, and other punishment purposes and limitations, using proven procedures found in the best state sentencing guidelines systems.

A member of the Law School faculty since 1977 and its Benjamin N. Berger Professor of Criminal Law since 1991, Frase teaches courses in criminal law and criminal procedure; seminars on sentencing guidelines, sentencing policy, and comparative criminal procedure; and the Federal Defense Clinic.

Equal Justice Awards, which recognize leaders whose efforts in criminal justice reform make the system work better for everyone, are also given for advocacy and service. The Award in Advocacy went to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi for pro bono legal assistance to the Council on Crime and Justice and the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The Award in Service went to Lori Swenson, Acting Corrections Unit Supervisor at Hennepin County Mental Health Court, for leadership in addressing the needs of individuals with mental health issues who are served by Hennepin County Community Corrections.

The awards will be presented at the 55th anniversary celebration of the Council on Dec. 6, 2012, at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

The nonprofit Council on Crime and Justice, originally founded as the Prisoners Aid Society, works to develop programs in alternative sanctions, offender services, victims’ rights, restorative justice, and systems change. A leader in social and criminal justice in Minnesota, it pursues and advocates for fair and forward-looking methods to reduce and prevent crime, promote equal justice, and improve public safety.