As Public Safety Secretary, Cabral oversees 13 state public safety agencies responsible for law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security. Secretary Cabral leads a working group between the Administration and the Commonwealth’s Sheriffs to improve the state’s funding structure for Sheriff Departments. Under the current system, there is often inconsistency in funding levels due to varied levels of federal inmate revenue, county population and other factors.
Secretary Cabral’s long and distinguished career in public service began in 1986 as a staff attorney in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. As a prosecutor for the Middlesex District Attorney starting in 1987, she handled cases in both the District and Superior Courts. In 1991, Cabral became an Assistant Attorney General and in 1993 she joined the Suffolk County DA’s Office to become the Director of the Roxbury District Court Family Violence Project prosecuting domestic violence cases. She assumed the role of Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit a year later and, in 1998, became District Courts and Community Prosecutions Chief. She became Sheriff of Suffolk County in 2002.