Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Robina Foundation Continues Funding for Years 4 & 5 in Sentencing Law and Policy

As part of their commitment to “fund forward-thinking projects and to encourage-at major institutions- the exploration of new ideas and transformative approaches to critical social issues,” the Robina Foundation has pledged to fund years 4 and 5 of research currently being conducted in the sentencing law and policy area by the Law School’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. The Institute’s work in the sentencing law and policy area seeks to effect large scale and systemic improvements by providing direct assistance to jurisdictions exploring ways to advance their sentencing systems and by producing, encouraging, collecting, and disseminating policy-relevant research about the operations and effects of sentencing systems. This research looks at the impacts of sentencing systems on public safety, sentencing proportionality, racial and ethnic disparities, and imprisonment rates. The Robina Institute is currently putting its principles into action in four active projects: the Probation Revocation Project; the Parole Release and Revocation Project; the Criminal History Enhancements Project; and the Robina Institute’s online Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center.

In announcing the additional support, Kathleen Blatz (’84), chair of the board of directors at the Robina Foundation, said, “The sentencing reform work of the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Institute will have the transformative impact on critical social issues that James Binger (’41) and the Robina Foundation envisioned when establishing the Institute originally.” In addition to their continued commitment to the Institute, the Robina Foundation has also pledged funding for two other programs: The Robina Public Interests Scholars Program and the Bridge Fellowship Program.

Read the full press release, here.