Canceled: Rethinking Justice in Durham: A Conversation with District Attorney Satana Deberry
In 2018, Durham voters elected a new District Attorney who pledged reforms to the community's criminal justice system. What successes has she had? What are the challenges? How might students and faculty at Duke participate in the ongoing work of reform? Join the Hart Leadership Program for a conversation with Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry Law '94/Fuqua '06. The conversation will be moderated by Ajenai Clemmons PhD '22, whose research focuses on community perceptions of the criminal justice system, and will feature student reflections on their criminal justice reform research. Light refreshments will be provided.
Satana Deberry was elected Durham's District Attorney in 2018. A Native of Hamlet, NC, she moved to Durham in 1991 to attend Duke Law School after graduating from Princeton University. She has practiced criminal defense law and served as Executive Director of the NC Housing Coalition. She has a professional background that has included legal work, finance, and nonprofit management - working with institutions like TROSA and Habitat for Humanity - all in the pursuit of dismantling the systems that restrict the lives of poor people, families, communities of color and other marginalized and underrepresented groups. Since taking office, she has led a program dismissing old traffic ticket fines and has made bail reform a priority.