Katy Naples-Mitchell is Program Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.
Katy has spent the past four years as a legal fellow and then staff attorney at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, a research and policy institute at Harvard Law School. There she cultivated expertise in how criminal law and the criminal legal system are affected by systemic racism, institutional racism, and implicit bias. She has developed policy proficiency on bail and pretrial detention; racism and policing; criminal legal system algorithms; jury empanelment and juror deliberations; parole, technical violations of parole, and parole revocation; and vectors of racial discrimination embedded in criminal law and criminal punishment. Further, one of her essential roles at the Houston Institute, which is devoted to fostering community justice, was to develop rooted relationships with people and organizations directly affected by criminalization, racism, and incarceration, both locally in Massachusetts and nationally.
Katy graduated cum laude with Distinction in Political Science from Yale University before earning a JD from CUNY School of Law, where she was a Graduate Fellow. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2020 President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association given to attorneys and legal support staff working on impact litigation to decarcerate and promote public health in jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.