For Immediate Release - January 13, 2011

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on Actions Taken Today by Governor Patrick Regarding the Parole Board

"Governor Patrick's strong, decisive actions were necessary to begin to restore confidence in a Board that's first priority must be to protect the public. Today's report issued by the Executive Office of Public Safety outlined unacceptable and widespread systemic failings at the Parole Board. I want to commend the thorough work done by Secretary Heffernan, Undersecretary Grossman, and their team on this report.

I am also encouraged that Governor Patrick announced that he will file legislation aimed at the most dangerous repeat offenders like Dominic Cinelli. It is the very reason I have supported Melissa's Bill and am hopeful that we can pass such legislation swiftly. We cannot afford to wait any longer."