Barry Feld

Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile justice administration
  • Procedural rights
  • Substantive rights
  • Race and gender
  • Police interrogation practices
  • Juvenile law
  • Torts
  • Criminal procedure

Key Findings

  • The three elements of juvenile justice help shape the understanding and portrayal of youth offenders are culpability, competence, and race. MORE
  • Two-thirds of juvenile girls with felony charges lived in urban counties whereas about half of juvenile males with felony charges lived in urban counties. MORE
  • Officers questioned a larger portion of girls within the 24-hour period after arrest and had stronger evidence during questioning than they had for boys questioned during the same period. MORE
  • During the 1970s through 1990s, punishment outcomes for juveniles in the court system changed, focusing more on punishment over rehabilitation, especially for minority youth. MORE


Barry Feld, Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, is an expert in juvenile law, police integration practices and procedural rights.

Feld served as a visiting scholar at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and a reporter for the American Bar Association. He served as a member of the Minnesota Department of Corrections Special Committee on Serious Juvenile Offenders, the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Task Force and the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Legal Representation of Juveniles. He received the American Bar Association’s Livingston Hall Award and is currently a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Feld has authored several chapters, articles for scholarly journals and books including Cases and Materials on Juvenile Justice Administration, Juvenile Justice Administration in a Nutshell and Kids, Cops and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room.

He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.