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Traditional ways of discussing the “crime rate” are inadequate and antiquated given the complexities of how crime affects specific communities—particularly communities of color. During this discussion, a diverse set of stakeholders will explore how to approach crime policy—at the local, state, and federal levels—in more refined and nuanced ways. The panel will also highlight the most critical issues to address in today’s climate and potential solutions.
The panelists include:
Damita Davis-Howard, Assistant Pastor of First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and Ceasefire Director of City of Oakland
Walter Katz, Vice President, Criminal Justice of Arnold Ventures
Sam Liccardo, Mayor of the City of San Jose
Michelle Phelps, Professor of Sociology at University of Minnesota
Steve Raphael, Professor and Chair of Public Policy at Berkeley Goldman School
Dan Satterberg, King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting Attorney
Moderated by Stanford Law School Professors David Sklansky and Robert Weisberg
Vice President, Criminal Justice, Arnold VenturesWalter Katz is Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures. He came to Arnold Ventures from a GovTech provider of research-based police force management and early intervention tools for law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. There he served as Director of Professional Services providing advice to law enforcement agencies aligning policy and technology with 21st Century Police Practices. Prior to his time as a consultant, Walter spent more than two decades in public service, beginning with a seventeen-year tenure as a public defender in Southern California, through his 2017 appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety in the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Prior to returning to his birthplace of Chicago, he served as the Independent Police Auditor for San Jose, California following his appointment by the city council in 2015. He also served as Deputy Inspector General for the County of Los Angeles Office of Inspector General (OIG), overseeing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).
Mayor of the City of San Jose
Mayor Sam Liccardo serves in his second term as Mayor of the 10th largest city in the United States, having recently won re-election with 76% of the vote. During his tenure as Mayor, Sam launched a Smart City Vision, aiming to make San José America’s most innovative city, in part by bridging the digital divide. He launched the nation’s first Digital Inclusion Fund to provide broadband access, devices and skills to low-income families, and by 2020, the City’s efforts with community partners have connected more than 100,000 low-income San José residents with free broadband.He has also led efforts to fund the construction of thousands of units of affordable housing, launch the nation’s largest community choice clean energy utility, provide jobs to more than 4,000 teens living in gang-impacted neighborhoods, launch multi-billion-dollar investments in new transit, and preserve thousands of acres of open space and hillsides from development.He currently serves as the Chair of the Big City Mayors, a coalition of mayors from California’s 13 largest cities, advocating for innovative solutions to combat homelessness and improve COVID-19 response. Prior to his service in elected office, Sam served as a criminal prosecutor at the federal and local level, prosecuting cases of sexual assault and child exploitation. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of MinnesotaMichelle Phelps is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Her primary lines of ongoing research are on mass probation, criminal justice transformation, and policing.
This work has been published in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals, including Social Problems (Phelps & Ruhland 2021), Annual Review of Criminology (Phelps 2020), ANNALS (Phelps & Pager 2016), Law & Society Review (Phelps 2011), British Journal of Criminology (Phelps 2017), Punishment & Society (Phelps 2017), Theoretical Criminology (Rubin & Phelps 2017; Goodman, Page, & Phelps 2015), Annual Review of Law and Social Science (Phelps 2016), and Law & Policy (Phelps 2013).*
Together with Philip Goodman (University of Toronto) and Joshua Page (University of Minnesota), Michelle is the author of Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice (Oxford, 2017), which traces the history of U.S. criminal justice reforms from the birth of the penitentiary to contemporary struggles to end mass incarceration.
Professor and Chair of Public Policy at Berkeley Goldman SchoolSteven Raphael is the Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). He is a Professor of Public Policy and holds the James D. Marver Chair at the Goldman School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections.His research over the past decade has focused on evaluating criminal justice reform and studying race disparities in criminal justice involvement. Current projects focus on race disparities in police stop outcomes and arrest, the effect of gun control policy on homicide, and research involving various efforts to reduce pretrial detention. Most of his prior work in this area focused on the employment and reentry problems faced by the formerly incarcerated and understanding growth in the U.S. prison population.Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? (published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). Raphael is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the California Policy Lab, the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Public Policy Institute of California. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.
King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting AttorneyDan Satterberg has served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more than three decades, and was first elected to lead the office in November 2007. He served as Chief of Staff to Norm Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the PAO. The KCPAO has 260 attorneys, and a total staff of more than 500.King County has more than 2.2 million residents, making it the 12th largest county in the United States.Dan is committed to improving public safety and the reform of the Criminal Justice system through partnership with the communities most impacted by crime. Together with community partners, Dan has created successful programs to keep young people engaged in school and divert youth from the courtroom to more effective and impactful accountability programs led by credible messengers to change the way young people think and act.
The KCPAO is a founding partner in the creation of LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), a national model creating a compassionate response to drug-addicted people and giving police additional tools for responding to people with addiction and mental health issues. Further work is being done to expand this concept in King County, and to identify and assist frequent utilizers of the jail before their next arrest.
Dan also believes that we need to do more to help people leaving prison make a successful transition, and he is committed to reducing recidivism among people leaving jail and prison as the best strategy to improve public safety and reduce the costs of incarceration. He is the co-chair of the Washington State Reentry Council, and also a member of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Dan was born and raised in South King County and attended Highline High School. His father was a lawyer in White Center and his mother was a nursing instructor at Highline Community College. He graduated from the UW undergraduate school (Political Science and Journalism) and the UW Law School. He has two adult children and has been married for more than 30 years. He also plays bass and sings in the classic rock cover band, “The Approximations.”