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By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 11, 2017...Colette Santa, who spent two decades working as a corrections official in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, was nominated Wednesday for a position on the Parole Board to succeed Ina Howard-Hogan.

Since March 2016, Santa has been chief of transitional services for the Massachusetts Parole Board.

In Puerto Rico, Santa worked for Corrections Corporation of America, a prison management vendor that has rebranded itself as CoreCivic. Santa was deputy warden and later warden of Ponce Young Adult Facility.

A graduate of Seton Hill College and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Santa has a master's in public administration from Framingham State University.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday also nominated attorney Paul Pino, who works for Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, for a District Court judgeship. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Pino has mediated and arbitrated more than 500 cases in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to his resume.

The North Falmouth resident attended Georgetown University and graduated from Boston College. After being admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1988, Pino worked for a series of law firms in the Boston area, practicing insurance defense, criminal law and business law.

From March 1995 to December 2001, Pino was Bridgewater's associate town counsel and also worked at the Brockton firm Clark, Balboni & Gildea. Since 2001, he has worked for Progressive and taken mediation and arbitration cases. He is an active volunteer with My Brother's Keeper, according to the governor's office.

The Parole Board decides whether to grant parole and supervises parolees. In January 2011, former Gov. Deval Patrick accepted the resignations of five of the seven board members who had voted to release Dominic Cinelli, a career criminal who murdered Woburn police officer John Maguire after he was paroled from prison.

Howard-Hogan, who joined the board in 2011, was confirmed for a Cambridge District Court judgeship with a 5-2 vote by the Governor's Council in June.

Santa got her start in corrections in 1995, working as a trial examiner for inmate disciplinary hearings at Ponce Correctional Complex. Ponce is a city in the southern part of Puerto Rico.

From November 1997 to January 2000, Santa was warden of a privately managed 500-bed male juvenile facility in Ponce and then briefly served as executive director of Correctional Residential Programs and director of the Bayamon Juvenile Detention Center, according to her resume.

In April 2000, Santa became chief operating officer of Ramsay Youth Services in Puerto Rico, overseeing a staff of 1,000 and a $30 million budget. From there, Santa became director of Quality Control Office in the Department of Juvenile Justice for Puerto Rico, and later became regional director of the western region for Puerto Rico's Department of Correction.

In March 2009, Santa, who now lives in Milford, got a job as an auditor in the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and one year later she took a senior-level management position at MCI-Framingham. Santa was deputy superintendent at Bay State Correctional Center and deputy superintendent at the North Eastern Correctional Center – reporting directly to the complex superintendent of MCI-Concord.

Both candidates will be called to appear for hearings before the Governor's Council, the eight-member elected body that vets and votes on the governor's judicial nominees.


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