23 February 2018, 17:30
Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

A conversation with Chief Judge Patti Saris, ex-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission

How did the United States become the world’s largest jailer? As former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, Chief Judge Saris will discuss the criminal justice policies that led to mass incarceration and the reform efforts by Congress, the Commission and the Courts to fix it.

This event is free and open to all. 

The talk will be livestreamed and recorded on the Blavatnik School of Government YouTube channel.

Chief Judge Saris

Speaker biography

Patti B. Saris became Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on January 1, 2013. She also served as Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2017.  She previously held a number of public appointments, including staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division for the District of Massachusetts,  U.S. Magistrate, and Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She was appointed a U.S. Federal Judge in 1993. She was President of the Harvard Board of Overseers in 2006 and has served in visiting committees at Harvard University for the Law School, Education School, and the Kennedy School of Government. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.