Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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Give to the Max 2018

As part of the vibrant University of Minnesota Law School community, the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice connects research with practice to achieve transformative change in sentencing law and correctional policies. 

Thanks to initial funding from the Robina Foundation, the Institute has earned a reputation as trusted source for providing original research, evaluation, and technical assistance. We are part of a national conversation around the change and reform of community corrections (probation and parole) and remain a leading research institution with comprehensive expertise in federal and state sentencing guidelines. None of this would be possible without the support of our original funders, the Robina Foundation, our current project funders including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Hennepin-University Partnership, the University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Initiative, and from donors like you.

The Institute is excited to share our recent work with you and hope you'll consider supporting supporting us with a financial contribution.

Want to know what we've been up to? See below for an update on some of the projects we're working on:

Additionally, we continue to be committed to engaging the public on these issues. Last year, the Institute held several public events last year, including our annual conference "Reversing Mass Punishment in America." We broke Institute records for attendance with keynote speaker Professor James Forman, Jr. (Yale Law School), Pulitzer Prize winning author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota. Videos of the conference and more information are available here. 

Finally, the Institute also completed technical assistance projects for parole boards for the Kansas Prisoner Review Board and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, published several publications and reports, published over 25 blog posts on criminal justice-related topics ranging from risk assessment to bail reform to immigration and recidivism. The Institute remained a source for news and media coverage and we continue to provide the one-of-a-kind Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center

We are asking for your support today so that we may continue to remain a part of the national conversation on sentencing law and correctional policy. 

The duration of the founding gift from the Robina Foundation ended in June of 2018. We are so grateful for the Robina Foundation's support which has allowed us to accomplish so much. We are so pleased the Institute is recognized for our accomplishments and we are asking you to help us as we continue to make strides with this important work.

We hope you'll consider giving to the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice today.

Thank you for your support and for Giving to the Max!

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