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My sister’s drug addiction — and what it taught me My new dog Yoda is a rescue terrier that came to live with my younger sister, Shelley, as a way to celebrate her one-year anniversary of sobriety. Shelley’s gift with animals was remarkable and included toilet training her cat, teaching a dog to sing “Happy Birthday,” and house training... Continued
Dan Satterberg Takes a Stand Against Jeff Sessions’ War on Drugs In a short memo delivered earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed his predecessors’ steps away from mass incarceration by ordering federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” While this order applies to all federal prosecutions, the order will particularly affect drug... Continued
Crackdown on immigrants undermines public safety PRESIDENT Donald Trump claims that immigrants threaten public safety, and he promises that a massive wall, immigration agency sweeps and deportations will make us safer. From my position as King County prosecutor, I can tell you these actions have the opposite effect for crime victims. Dan Satterberg is King... Continued
Criminal-justice discussions over dinner with John Legend THE winds of social change are blowing briskly across this nation and are picking up particular momentum around the reform of our criminal-justice system. The winds blew a message into my email inbox last month, with an offer that I could not refuse. The email from John Legend was... Continued
Op-Ed: Keeping kids in school is the best crime prevention policy Many people are surprised when I tell them that we have a Truancy Dropout Prevention Unit in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. “Shouldn’t you be going after the serious criminals instead of kids who skip school?” they ask. The truth is that when it comes to protecting public safety, there... Continued
KING 5: Prosecutor launching program to keep kids in school SEATTLE – Seventy-five percent of Washington state prison inmates are high school dropouts. “Being a dropout in the 21st century is not a good idea,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Satterberg says many of them started their troubled legal lives in truancy court. But a new court ruling... Continued
KING 5: A new approach to truancy I am a reformed truant. There. I admit it. When I was a kid I hated to go to school. I learned as early as my  kindergarten year at North City Elementary how to get out of going to class. The child of divorced parents, I was a latch-key kid who was responsible even... Continued

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