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LAW ENFORCEMENT VIEW TOO PREVALENT ON PAROLE BOARD, COUNCILORS SAY

By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 9, 2019.....A hearing on Gov. Charlie Baker's nomination of the Parole Board's executive director to serve as a member of the board instead transformed Wednesday into an opportunity for activists and councilors to raise their issues with the board and Baker's recent nominees.

A former prosecutor, Gloriann Moroney has served as executive director of the Parole Board since July and since early 2016 has been the board's general counsel. Baker nominated her on Jan. 2 to serve a five-year term as a member of the Parole Board, subject to confirmation by the Governor's Council.

After a series of witnesses testified to Moroney's professionalism, work ethic and character, a parade of lawyers and activists took turns opposing Moroney's nomination on the basis that the board is already stacked with people with law enforcement backgrounds. Very little of the opposition related specifically to Moroney and some who testified in opposition noted that they have had positive personal interactions with the nominee.


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