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Reducing Incarceration in Washington State: Speaker and Panel Discussion

The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Over the past academic year, Central Washington University has welcomed a variety of speakers to share their insight on mass incarceration, particularly in terms of racial disproportionality. On Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m., King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will introduce his top ten criminal justice reforms. Then at 5 p.m., a diverse panel of experts will discuss these reforms and take questions from the audience. Free and open to the public, the speech and panel will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom.

Satterberg has been King County’s prosecutor since 2007, overseeing the largest jurisdiction in the state. As the Washington state prison population is rising, Satterberg supports economic and rehabilitative criminal justice reform.

“He has been a leader regarding innovative practices and policies,” said Chuck Reasons, Ph.D., law and justice professor at CWU. Reasons will be moderating the panel consisting of:

• Roger Schaefer, Ph.D., assistant professor, CWU law and justice department
• Julius Debro, Ph.D., retired professor, University of Washington law, societies and justice program
• Jonathan Umana, Restorative Community Services Program, Yakima County Juvenile Court
• Keith Champagne, Ph.D., associate dean for student development, CWU

“[Attendees] can expect to learn about practical ways to reduce the large number of people going to jail and prison in Washington State,” Reasons said.

This event is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race.

For more information, contact Chuck Reasons at 509-963-1779 or

This event is sponsored by the Law and Justice Department. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-3208 or by emailing