The ACLU of Massachusetts now has a data person on staff, who's begun analyzing lots of data related to criminal justice, and one of his first looks is at "Declining to prosecute" cases for Suffolk County - the sort of thing that new DA Rachael Rollins said she would step up for certain types of low-level crimes: Read more.
Suffolk County District Attorney
Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney, takes the oath of office today at Roxbury Community College. A reception was held at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Read more.
CommonWealth interviews incoming Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins:
More recently, Rollins has seemed to temper the policy, saying the approach will be not to seek incarceration for first-time offenders for the list of 15 charges, but she stopped short of saying they would not face prosecution.
Rachael Rollins cruised to victory over Michael Maloney in the race to replace Dan Conley.
Conley had announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election. Democrat Rachel Rollins and independent Michael Maloney are running in November.
The Globe reports Suffolk County DA candidate Greg Henning is pulling in tons of contributions from police officers.
What's kind of interesting about those donations is that they all list the officers' address as 1 Schroeder Place, which is BPD headquarters - even if the officers work in the Revere, Winthrop or Brockton PDs - or are, in fact, Massachusetts state troopers.
Suffolk County DA Dan Conley today made it official: He's endorsing assistant DA Greg Henning to succeed him in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary: Read more.
CommonWealth takes a look at the race for the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County District Attorney - and efforts by some in the black community to get some of the candidates to drop out, which is leading to the same sort of backlash that happened with a similar effort in the crowded race for mayor in 2013.
The primary is Sept. 4.
The State House News Service reports on a forum the six candidates for Suffolk County DA held at the South Bay House of Correction yesterday.
CommonWealth summarizes the ACLU-sponsored forum for the five Democratic candidates for DA at Hibernian Hall the other night. You basically have three candidates on the left (Rollins, Carvalho and McAuliffe), one who, if not a right winger, not exactly with any plans to become the next Larry Krasner (current assistant DA Henning) and one who shares some views with the first three and some with Henning.
The five candidates for Suffolk District Attorney took similar positions on issues ranging from reducing the number of people who go through the criminal system to protecting law-abiding immigrants from ICE at a forum last night sponsored by JP Progressives and the NAACP. Read more.
Four of the five people currently running for Suffolk County District Attorney this year support the criminal-reform legislation that just passed the state senate unanimously and which was opposed by just five Republicans in the house. That could be enough vote splitting to elect the one candidate who opposed the proposal, David Bernstein writes.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports freshman state Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-1st Suffolk and Middlesex) has decided to run for his second term this fall, rather than join the crowd running for the DA's job Dan Conley is giving up.
Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) announced today he won't join the race for the DA's seat Dan Conley is giving up: Read more.
State Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) is considering running for Suffolk County DA, the State House News Service reports.
JP Progressives and the Boston NAACP are hosting a forum for the four people running so far for Suffolk County district attorney this year, starting at 7 p.m. on April 9 at English High School in Jamaica Plain.
Rachel Rollins, who has served as an assistant US attorney in Boston and an assistant district attorney in Plymouth County and , announced today she is joining the race to succeed Dan Conley, retiring after this year as Suffolk County District Attorney.
The Globe introduces us to the three candidates (so far) for Suffolk County District Attorney (including a current assistant DA who acknowledges his role as a prosecutor might be a drawback this year) as well as insurgents running for DA in Middlesex and Worcester counties.