Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Robina Co-Director Richard Frase and UMN Law Prof. Michael Tonry Cited in Atlantic Article “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Atlantic recently published “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” (October 2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In his article Coates cites Robina Co-Director Professor Richard Frase’s 2009 research on “What Explains Persistent Racial Disproportionality in Minnesota’s Prison and Jail Populations?” and Professors Michael Tonry and David Farrington’s work on“Punishment and Crime Across Space and Time.” Coates argues that while American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system (that leaves the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world), they have failed to reckon with the reality of history. He looks to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1969 report, “The Negro Family,” as part of what led to the problem of the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of African Americans today and urges an attempt to reclaim the report’s original intent.

Read the full article, here.