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Kevin Reitz

  • James Annenberg La Vea Land Grant Chair in Criminal Procedure Law

Dartmouth College, B.A.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

Office: 324
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Kevin R. Reitz joined the University of Minnesota law faculty in 2005. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility. His scholarship is focused on criminal justice policy, including law and criminology. His recent book with Henry Ruth, The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response (Harvard University Press, 2003), considers issues of crime and punishment in American history, drug control policy, policing, gun control, and juvenile justice. Much of his writing has been in the field of sentencing law and policy, including 2005 articles in the Columbia and Stanford Law Reviews.

In addition to his research, Professor Reitz serves the criminal bar and the criminal justice community. In 1993, he organized the pilot meeting of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, which has gone on to become a nationwide resource for states contemplating or undertaking the process of sentencing reform. He continues to work with NASC and with individual sentencing commissions nationwide. From 1989 to 1994, he served as Co-Reporter for the new edition of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards for Sentencing. In June 2001, he was appointed by the American Law Institute to be Reporter for the first-ever revision of the Model Penal Code, limited to the Code’s provisions on sentencing and corrections. This ambitious project has drawn wide attention from policy makers and scholars, including a full symposium issue of the Buffalo Criminal Law Review in 2003.

Professor Reitz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982, where he served as Comment Editor of the Law Review. Following graduation, he clerked for one year for Justice Jay A. Rabinowitz of the Supreme Court of Alaska in Fairbanks. From 1983 to 1988 he was an associate in the litigation department of Saul, Ewing, Remick, and Saul, in Philadelphia, where he handled criminal and civil cases. From 1988 to 2005 he taught at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. In 2002 he was visiting fellow at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where he taught a seminar in sentencing policy and research.


Criminal Punishment

Criminal Procedure



  • The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections (Oxford University Press, 2012) (co-editor) Joan Petersilia and Kevin Reitz
  • The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking our Response (Harvard University Press, 2003) Henry Ruth and Kevin Reitz

Book Chapters

  • Comparing Sentencing Guidelines: Do US Systems Have Anything Worthwhile To Offer England and Wales?, in Sentencing Guidelines: Exploring the English Model (Andrew Ashworth & Julian V. Roberts, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013) Kevin Reitz
  • Proof of Aggravating and Mitigating Facts at Sentencing, in Mitigation and Aggravation at Sentencing (Julian V. Roberts, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2011) Kevin Reitz
  • Sentencing, in Crime and Public Policy (James Q. Wilson & Joan Petersilia, eds., Oxford University Press, 2d ed., 2011) Kevin Reitz
  • The “Traditional” Indeterminate Sentencing Model, in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections (Joan Petersilia & Kevin Reitz, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011) Kevin Reitz
  • The Illusion of Proportionality: Desert and Repeat Offenders, in Previous Convictions at Sentencing: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives (Julian V. Roberts & Andrew von Hirsch, eds., Hart Pub., 2010) Kevin Reitz
  • Questioning the Conventional Wisdom of Parole Release Authority, in The Future of Imprisonment (Michael Tonry, ed., Oxford University Press, 2004) Kevin Reitz
  • The Disassembly and Reassembly of U.S. Sentencing Practices, in Sentencing and Sanctions in Western Countries (Richard Frase & Michael Tonry, eds., Oxford University Press, 2001) Kevin Reitz
  • Criminal Appeals in the United States, in Rechtsmittel Im Strafrecht: Eine International Vergleichende Untersuchung Zur Rechts-Wirklichkeit Und Effizienz Von Rechtsmitteln (Monika Becker & Jorg Kinzig, eds., Edition Iuscrim, 2000) (translated by Bettina Schutz-Garden) Kevin Reitz
  • Sentencing, in The Handbook of Crime and Punishment (Michael Tonry, ed., Oxford University Press USA, 1998) Kevin Reitz

Journal Articles

  • The Economic Rehabilitation of Offenders: Recommendations of the Model Penal Code (Second), 99 Minnesota Law Review 1735 (2015) Kevin Reitz
  • Demographic Impact Statements, O’Connor’s Warning, and the Mysteries of Prison Release: Topics from a Sentencing Reform Agenda, 61 Florida Law Review 683 (2009) Kevin Reitz
  • Don’t Blame Determinacy: U.S. Incarceration Growth Has Been Driven by Other Forces, 84 Texas Law Review 1787 (2006) Kevin Reitz
  • The Enforceability of Sentencing Guidelines, 58 Stanford Law Review 155 (2005) Kevin Reitz
  • The New Sentencing Conundrum: Policy and Constitutional Law at Cross-Purposes, 105 Columbia Law Review 1082 (2005) Kevin Reitz
  • American Law Institute, Model Penal Code: Sentencing, Plan for Revision, 6 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 525 (2002) Kevin Reitz
  • Lethal Violence in America: An Overview of the Colorado Law Review Symposium, 69 University of Colorado Law Review 891 (1998) Kevin Reitz
  • Modeling Discretion in American Sentencing Systems, 20 Law & Policy 389 (1998) Kevin Reitz
  • The Reactions of Criminal Justice Professionals to a Law Review Symposium, 69 University of Colorado Law Review 1217 (1998) Kevin Reitz and Alice Donnelly Madden
  • Sentencing Guideline Systems and Sentence Appeals: A Comparison of Federal and State Experiences, 91 Northwestern University Law Review 1441 (1997) Kevin Reitz
  • Zimring, Hawkins, and the Macro Problems of Imprisonment, 87 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 604 (1997) (reviewing Franklin Zimring & Gordon Hawkins, The Scale of Imprisonment (University of Chicago Press, 1991)) Kevin Reitz
  • The American Experiment: Crime Reduction through Prison Growth, 4:3 European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 74 (Sept. 1996) Kevin Reitz
  • Michael Tonry and the Structure of Sentencing Laws, 86 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1585 (1996) (reviewing Michael Tonry, Sentencing Matters (Oxford University Press, 1996)) Kevin Reitz
  • Testilying as a Problem of Crime Control: A Reply to Professor Slobogin, 67 University of Colorado Law Review 1061 (1996) Kevin Reitz
  • The Federal Role in Sentencing Law and Policy, 543 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 116 (1996) Kevin Reitz
  • Building a Sentencing Reform Agenda: The ABA’s New Sentencing Standards, 78 Judicature 189 (1995) Kevin Reitz and Curtis Reitz
  • The Cutting Edge of Sentencing Reform, 8 Federal Sentencing Reporter 64 (1995) Kevin Reitz
  • Epilogue: A Gathering of State Sentencing Commissions, 64 University of Colorado Law Review 837 (1993) Leonard Orland and Kevin Reitz
  • Sentencing Facts: Travesties of Real-Offense Sentencing, 45 Stanford Law Review 523 (1993) Kevin Reitz
  • Sentencing Reform in the States: An Overview of the Colorado Law Review Symposium, 64 University of Colorado Law Review 645 (1993) Kevin Reitz
  • The American Bar Association’s New Sentencing Standards, 6 Federal Sentencing Reporter 169 (1993) Kevin Reitz and Curtis Reitz
  • Clients, Lawyers and the Fifth Amendment: The Need for a Projected Privilege, 41 Duke Law Journal 572 (1991) Kevin Reitz

Documents and Reports

  • Model Penal Code: Sentencing: Report (American Law Institute, 2003) (Reporter) Kevin Reitz

Entries in Reference Works

  • Sentencing: Allocation of Authority, in Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice (Joshua Dressler, editor in chief, 2d ed., Macmillan Reference USA, 2002) Kevin Reitz

Other Publications

  • The Status of Sentencing Guideline Reforms in the U.S., 10:6 Overcrowded Times 1, 8-14 (Dec. 1999), reprinted in Penal Reform in Overcrowded Times 31 (Michael Tonry, ed., Oxford University Press, 2001) Kevin Reitz
  • American Bar Association to Publish New Sentencing Standards, 5:3 Overcrowded Times 5-6 (June 1994), reprinted in Sentencing Reform in Overcrowded Times: A Comparative Perspective 17 (Michael Tonry & Kathleen Hatlestad, eds., Oxford University Press, 1997) Kevin Reitz and Curtis Reitz

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