Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Robina Co-Sponsored Event: An Evening with Jeff Smith

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

A discussion on inequality, race, politics and America’s criminal justice system with nationally acclaimed speaker Jeff Smith.

Thursday, April 145:30-7:00 pm
University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave S, Room 30
Free event | Registration requested at

Event Description: Jeff Smith’s fascinating career path has earned him the titles of Senator, Convict, and Professor (in that order). Smith will discuss his recent book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis. Based on his first-hand experience and insightful analysis, he will offer his suggestions for achieving meaningful prison reform.

Smith’s TED Talk has over 1 million views, and his story has been featured in the Washington PostPoliticoC-SPAN, and This American Life.

Discussion after Smith’s talk will be moderated by UMN Law Professor Francis Shen and will feature a presentation by members of Take Action MN’s Criminal Justice Reform program. Minnesota Representative Tony Cornish, Chair of the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee, has also been invited.

The program is hosted by the Shen Neurolaw Lab, and is co-sponsored by the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, the Council on Crime and Justice, the University of Minnesota Criminal Justice League, and the University of Minnesota Law School Diversity Committee.

This event is free and open to the public.

Continuing Legal Education
An application for 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits is pending. Event Code: 218876
Please email Dr. Shen to sign up for CLE credit.

For more information, or to request disability accommodations, please contact: Professor Francis Shen at fxshen@umn.edu612-625-5328