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ROXBURY ASSISTANT CHIEF IS HONORED BY JUDGES
FOR HER WORK IN THE COMMUNITY
to right, are Boston Municipal Court (BMC) West Roxbury
Justice Mary Ann Driscoll, West Roxbury Assistant Chief Probation Officer
Mary Tracey Walsh, and First Justice Kathleen Coffey.
Mary Tracey Walsh, Assistant Chief Probation
Officer at Boston Municipal Court (BMC) – West Roxbury
Division, was recently acknowledged for her work in the
community with a plaque presented by First Justice Kathleen
E. Coffey and Associate Justice Mary Ann Driscoll.
Walsh, a nine-year employee of the Massachusetts
Probation Service, was recognized for her work with Re-Inventing
Justice, a community-based project created by First Justice
Coffey to make the BMC-West Roxbury more “accessible,
accountable and responsive to the needs of the people it
serves.” Walsh has also assisted in the coordination
of the Straight Ahead Program and the annual Law Day festivities.
“Your steadfast devotion and tireless
efforts on behalf of the West Roxbury Division of BMC,
the Reinventing Justice Task Force and especially the Straight
Ahead Program are greatly appreciated,” stated Judge
Walsh said she felt “deeply honored” to
be recognized for her contributions.
She has been an active participant in the
Re-Inventing Justice Program since its inception in 1997.
Walsh has served as a chairperson of the program’s “Best
Practice Committee” which works to develop innovative
approaches, ideas and practices to improve accessibility
and accountability of the West Roxbury division of BMC.
The goal of the Task Force is to “address and reduce
the number of young people entering the criminal justice
The Straight Ahead Program was designed for
fifth and sixth graders. In this program – where
good values are promoted – a Probation Officer and
Police Officer interact with students. The children also
learn ways to control anger, the consequences of making
poor choices, and how to deal with peer pressure.