July 26, 2010
Joint Statement from Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall & Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan
We want to reassure the residents of Massachusetts
and court employees that court leaders continue to take comprehensive
measures to address issues regarding the Probation Department reported
in the Boston Globe's Spotlight articles.
Our commitment to the transparent,
accountable and effective management of Probation is evidenced
by the appointment of an Acting Administrator in May with the
authority, credentials and professional reputation to quickly implement
necessary actions. Efforts already underway include the verification
and analysis of data to drive decision making, outreach to and
cooperation with all public safety partners, and a thorough assessment
of the effectiveness of all programs, including electronic monitoring
and the Community Corrections Centers.
Probation and the courts
now are working with a national expert to evaluate and update
the risk need assessment tool used to determine the appropriate
level of supervision for individual probationers. In addition,
the Probation Department and the Administrative Office of the Trial
Court are working collaboratively in all aspects of probation operations.
Special Master we have appointed to review the Probation Department
continues his independent, thorough review, which will inform
the full extent of further action required.
We fully appreciate
the daily commitment and hard work of thousands of probation
and court employees who continue to serve the public well during
these challenging times.
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