GOVERNOR PATRICK NOMINATES TWO TO STATE PAROLE BOARD
Nominees Bring Range of Skills and Experience to the Board
BOSTON-Wednesday, October 24, 2007-Governor Deval Patrick today announced he has nominated Leticia S. Muñoz and re-nominated Maureen Walsh to sit on the state Parole Board. The Governor has asked the Governor's Council to promptly review and confirm their nominations.
"As a behavioral scientist, Leticia will bring an important and informed voice to Parole Board deliberations," said Governor Patrick. "With almost a decade of service on the Parole Board - and the last five years as Chair -- Maureen has consistently demonstrated her professionalism, knowledge and sound judgment to help ensure the board's important decisions are made fairly and with the interest of the public's safety."
"We are thrilled we may have Dr. Muñoz join our efforts in implementing a sound and effective component of our overall public safety strategy. Her extensive background as a clinical psychologist will add an important perspective to the deliberations of the Parole Board," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin Burke. "We are equally excited about Chairperson Walsh's nomination for reappointment. She has provided outstanding leadership and she is a relentless advocate for enhancing the state's reentry and post-release supervision efforts. Her credibility with law enforcement and criminal justice professionals is and will continue to be a tremendous asset for the Commonwealth."
Muñoz, a Florence resident, is a behavioral scientist and she has worked as the Clinical Director of the Brightside School Street Counseling Institute in Springfield since 2001, serving mostly inner-city clients with low socioeconomic status, including children, adults and families with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. Muñoz has also worked in other clinical settings in Holyoke, Newton and Belmont. She earned her Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 1990, and graduated from Stanford University in 1979.
"By nominating a clinical psychologist, Governor Patrick is bringing much needed professional diversity to the Parole Board," said State Representative Ruth B. Balser, D-Newton, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. "The Parole Board will better be able to fulfill its mission of protecting the public safety by adding this expertise in assessing who is ready for reentry, and in assessing the conditions required to support that reentry."
Walsh, a Deerfield resident, has chaired the Parole Board since 2003, and she serves on the Governor's Anti-Crime Council. Walsh has also represented Massachusetts on the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision since 2006. She earned her law degree from Western New England College School of Law in 1991, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1988.
"Maureen Walsh is exactly what we need as chair of the Parole Board," said Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. "She is tough enough to be smart on crime and smart enough to be tough on crime."
The Governor believes closely monitored reentry, with the appropriate mix of services and sanctions, is important to improving the public safety of the Commonwealth. In April, Governor Patrick filed legislation calling for mandatory post-release supervision for all individuals serving time in a state prison, jail or house of correction. Massachusetts currently lacks a mandatory post-release supervision system for the approximately 20,000 inmates who return home each year from incarceration.