- Massachusetts District Attorney Association
Michael W. Morrissey to lead MDAA
Michael Morrissey was elected Norfolk District Attorney in November 2010. His administration has focused on education, enforcement and crime prevention addressing the opiate overdose and addiction epidemic, decreasing impaired driving and associated fatalities, and increasing data-driven policies to decrease crime and recidivism.
Morrissey was the first District Attorney in the nation to train and equip all of his constituent police and fire departments with the overdose reversal drug naloxone. He has worked to place dedicated prescription drug collection containers in police departments across his district and maintains a Drug Court Session focused on breaking the cycle of addiction. The Norfolk DA's State Police Drug Task Force has won regional recognition for its ongoing interdiction work. He is believed to be the only District Attorney in the country with a pharmacist on staff to assist investigation and education efforts and has partnered with the medical community to hold Safe Prescribing Conferences to decrease the overprescribing of opiates. Together with medical and other partners he founded the Norfolk County Prescription Drug Task Force.
District Attorney Morrissey worked with the judiciary to open the state's first Veterans Services Court, housed in the Dedham District Court, and also maintains a Domestic Violence session and Mental Health Court. He has worked with community partners to create drop in centers for individuals and families in need of treatment for substance abuse disorders, has expanded the office's juvenile diversion program. He has implemented a pilot program in the Quincy District Court area in which area detectives reach out to customers of recently arrested drug distributers to shepherd users into treatment at a moment when they are, statistically, particularly amenable to getting help.
Prior to being a District Attorney, Michael Morrissey represented the City of Quincy and parts of the south shore, first as Representative and then as Senator, in the Massachusetts Legislature for more than 30 years. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, attended Quincy public schools, then the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned Master of Public Administration from Western New England College and his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.