For Immediate Release - January 22, 2016

Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan Appoints New Director of Community Corrections

(Boston, MA) - Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation Edward J. Dolan has appointed Attorney Vincent L. Lorenti as the new Director of the Office of Community Corrections (OCC), a division of the Massachusetts Probation Service which is comprised of 18 community supervision centers across the state. Lorenti assumed his new role on January 19th.

As the new Director, Lorenti is responsible for managing the overall operation of the statewide OCC program where intermediate sanctions for probationers are enforced. Individuals sentenced to the centers must check in several times weekly, and participate in substance abuse treatment, HiSet (Massachusetts High School Equivalency Testing) Program preparation and job training. Lorenti’s duties also include managing the Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service Program through which probationers perform such tasks as park clean-up, snow removal, and delivery of food to soup kitchens in lieu of paying court fees.

“Vincent Lorenti brings nearly two decades of experience in the Office of Community Corrections to this position and has a strong vision for the program which employs both intermediate sanctions and evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism among this high-risk population,” said Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan.

Lorenti said of his new appointment, "Community Corrections is about making the communities we live and work in stronger and safer.  Our community corrections centers incorporate Evidence-Based Practice in an enhanced supervision approach that will be the cornerstone of criminal justice.  The opportunity to continue this work with the dedicated staff at the Office of Community Corrections, community corrections centers, probation departments, community-based service providers, sheriffs’ departments and our partners at parole is truly a privilege.  I look forward to working together with all of these stakeholders, judges, and others to shape a criminal justice approach that works with, and for, communities across the Commonwealth."

He began his career with Probation as a Court Services Coordinator at the Suffolk County Community Corrections Center in 1998 after working as an intern while a student at Boston College. Lorenti later served as a Program Specialist at OCC where he worked with staff from the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission to develop data collection procedures and performance metrics for community corrections centers.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College in 1998. And a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2006. Lorenti was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2011. He completed the Commonwealth Management Certificate Program in 2014. Lorenti has also received training certificates in Drug Abuse Recognition, co-occurring Disorders and Integrated Treatment Strategies,Trauma-informed Treatment and Criminal Justice Treatment Planning. He is a certified trainer of the NIDA/SAMSHA Blending Initiative program, Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives (Contingency Management).