About The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice engages in original, interdisciplinary research that examines critical issues in the field of criminal justice. The Institute works to achieve transformative change in sentencing law and policy and correctional policies and practices. By partnering with state and local jurisdictions, the Institute focuses nationally on sentencing guidelines systems, parole release and revocation, and community supervision, as well as locally on the Minnesota criminal justice system. 

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice was established in 2011 at the University of Minnesota Law School thanks to a generous gift from the Robina Foundation. Created by James H. Binger (’41), the Robina Foundation provides funding to major institutions that generate transformative ideas and promising approaches to addressing critical social issues.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

The Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center was made possible by generous funding from the Robina Foundation.

We would like to thank Research Assistants Tyler Adams; Adam Barkl; Doug Bryson; Steven Groschen; Jihn Harn; Andrew Kvitek; Chad Pennington; Thomas Schram; and Nicolas Smith for their work in helping to launch the Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center.