Looking Back - Overview on Juvenile Justice and Where We Are Now
Marcy Mistrett presented on the topic: Where We Were. Where We Are now. Who is the Youthful Offender?
Greg Sattizahn presented on the topic: South Dakota's Successes in Juvenile Justice Reform
Marcy Mistrett is the Chief Executive Officer of the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), located in Washington, D.C. The CFYJ is a national initiative solely dedicated to ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating 18-and-under youth in the adult criminal justice system. She has worked in youth justice, development, and education for nearly 20 years.
Mistrett has a master of social work degree from the University of Chicago, a bachelor’s degree from American University, and certification in legal advocacy from John Marshall School of Law. She began her career in juvenile justice in Chicago where she worked on youth transfer issues at the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Clinic, the Citizen’s Committee on Juvenile Court, and the Evanston Community Defender Office as a social worker.
Beginning in 1998, Mistrett started working at the national level with the National Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C., where she co-designed three national immersion trainings on community solutions to violence prevention. She has also been recognized for top practice by the Kellogg Foundation and went on to author multiple national trainings to address and prevent violence. Throughout her career, Mistrett has focused on reducing racial and ethnic disparities that create barriers to youth wellness and success. In her current role as CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice, Mistrett is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system.
Greg Sattizahn was appointed State Court Administrator for the South Dakota Unified Judicial System on September 9, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Greg first began work with the Unified Judicial System as a Supreme Court Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Richard W. Sabers. Following his clerkship, Greg practiced law for a private law firm and then returned to the Unified Judicial System as a Staff Attorney for the South Dakota Supreme Court. Greg subsequently served as the UJS Legal and Legislative Counsel and then the Director of Policy and Legal Services.
Greg received his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Following his graduation, Greg attended law school at the University of South Dakota where he graduated as a member of the Sterling Honor Society and was an editor for the South Dakota Law Review. Greg has written published articles for the South Dakota Law Review, the Great Plains Natural Resources Journal; and the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Greg is an active member of the South Dakota Bar Association.
Greg resides in Pierre, South Dakota and is married with three children.