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Massachusetts Sentencing Commission commissioners

Learn about the members of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission.

A new Massachusetts Sentencing Commission was appointed by the Governor in 2014. Chaired by Superior Court Judge Jack Lu, the commission is comprised of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and representatives from criminal justice, public safety, and victim agencies. In order to ensure that Massachusetts has a state-of-the-art sentencing system, the commission uses data to bring a critical data-based lens to the Commonwealth’s sentencing practices, make Legislative recommendations and become a useful reference for the judiciary system. To accomplish the work set forth in its enabling legislation - G.L. Ch. 211E - the Commission consults with national scholars, gathers data on current sentencing practices, and researches best practices across a range of sentencing options.

The role of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

G.L. c. 211E envisions the Sentencing Commission as an ongoing entity that would support, monitor, and assess the implementation of the sentencing guidelines legislation and report annually to the Legislature with recommendations for adjustments and improvements to the sentencing guidelines. The commission and its staff would continue to:

  • Analyze the impact of existing and proposed sentencing policies and practices on criminal justice resources using computer simulation models
  • Provide training and support to court practitioners on the use of the sentencing guidelines
  • Recommend the appropriate placement of newly-created crimes on the sentencing guidelines grid
  • Conduct research on sentencing and other criminal justice issues to help inform the formulation of policies and legislation
  • Collaborate with criminal justice agencies on system-oriented research initiatives
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information on sentencing

Voting members

Honorable Jack T. Lu, Chair

Judge Lu was appointed to the Boston Municipal Court in 2001 by Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci and to the Superior Court by Governor Mitt Romney in 2006.  Before attending law school at Boston University he graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law. Judge Lu formerly taught at New England Law in Boston, where he taught evidence practice courses, Sentencing, and Trial Practice. Judge Lu was appointed to chair the Sentencing Commission by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. Judge Lu is the lead Superior Court judge for a Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Demonstration Field Experiment of HOPE probation principles, a randomized control trial of supervision of high-risk probationers, and helps to lead a multi-agency criminal justice innovation group; both are in Essex County, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Probation Revocations Project at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Judge Lu's professional interests include criminal justice and sentencing innovation and leadership and teaching.

Mary-Alice Doyle

Mary-Alice Doyle is Deputy First Assistant District Attorney in the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.  In 2008 she received the William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Doyle has worked in District Attorney Blodgett’s office since 1987 having been Senior Trial Counsel, Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit, Deputy Director of Training and Chief of District Court Operations. She trains Assistant District Attorneys and other law enforcement and civilian personnel on criminal justice issues, including domestic violence and the rules of criminal procedure.

Peter Ettenberg

Mr. Ettenberg is a co-founder and Partner at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. His practice is focused exclusively in the area of criminal defense in both the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.

Mr. Ettenberg practices in Worcester County and all across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts defending individuals charged with a wide variety of criminal conduct and is regarded as one of the preeminent trial lawyers in the Commonwealth.

Honorable Kenneth J. Fiandaca

Judge Fiandaca has been a judge of the Boston Municipal Court since 2009. He is the chair of the Boston Municipal Judicial Criminal Practice Group.

He holds a B.S. in the Sociology of Crime and Delinquency and a J.D. from Suffolk University, and he practiced law for 24 years before his appointment.

He has been active in numerous professional and community organizations including as member of a Supreme Judicial Court working group, a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, as a member of the steering committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Council, and as President of the North Suffolk County Bar Association. He formerly taught criminology at the North Shore Community College.

Brian S. Glenny

Brian S. Glenny is a Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office 1st Assistant District Attorney. He has been with the office since 1987. He served as 2nd Assistant District Attorney under District Attorney Philip Rollins and was appointed to 1st Assistant in 2003 by District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. Mr. Glenny has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including murder, rape, child sexual and physical abuse, and home invasions from Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties. He successfully prosecuted the Cape & Islands’ first crack cocaine case; first shaken baby case; and first Sexually Dangerous Persons trial. In 2004 Mr. Glenny was made Chief of the Massachusetts Pilot Sex Offender Management Unit. He has spoken at child abuse conferences nationwide. He has done training for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners’ (SANE) Program, in-service training for local police departments and statewide training for new Assistant District Attorneys. Mr. Glenny is the Chairperson of the Cape & Islands Child Fatality Review Team, and served as the chairperson of the Children’s Cove, the Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center. Mr. Glenny led the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office’s investigations into the Catholic priests sexual abuse and the Hinton and Amherst Crime Lab investigations. He is a graduate of Lunenburg High School, Clark University and Western New England College of Law. In 2001 Mr. Glenny was honored with the Massachusetts District Attorneys’ Association William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Honorable Mary Elizabeth Heffernan

Judge Heffernan is a District Court Judge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointed in February 2013. She is currently First Justice in the Newton District Court and presides in the Quincy Drug Court. Judge Heffernan is a member of the District Court Committee on Domestic Violence Prevention and the Massachusetts Trial Court Bail Committee.  

Prior to her appointment to the District Court, Judge Heffernan was Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).  Appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick in January 2010, she was selected as Secretary after serving as the Undersecretary of Criminal Justice. As Secretary, her responsibilities ranged from policy development and budgetary oversight of secretariat agencies, independent programs and several boards  to developing and improving strategies on crime prevention, to homeland security preparedness- all in order to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Judge Heffernan has more than 25 years of criminal justice and governmental affairs experience. She served as the Associate General Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental and Regulatory Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was also employed as the Corporate Director of Government Relations for Care Group Health Care Systems, the Executive Director for the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, and in a wide array of other public and private sector legal and governmental positions.

Judge Heffernan is a graduate of Framingham State University, Suffolk University School of Management and Suffolk University Law School. She lives in West Roxbury with her two children.

Dean Mazzone

Dean Mazzone, a Winthrop resident is Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau. Mazzone most recently served as Chief of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division in the AG’s Office for more than five years and previously was an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, first in the Appeals Division and later as Chief of the Narcotics and Asset Forfeiture Unit. Prior to working at the Suffolk County DA’s Office, Mazzone served as an Assistant Attorney General in the AG’s Appeals Division from 2001 to 2004. He brings a combination of high level appellate and trial experience and supervisory skills to the Bureau. Mazzone assists and supervises other Assistant Attorneys General in their ongoing investigations, assist Criminal Bureau Chief John Verner with the daily management of the Bureau, and maintains an active case load. Mazzone is a graduate of Brandeis University and Suffolk University Law School.

Ex officio members

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett was appointed Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January 2015 by Governor Charles Baker. As Public Safety Secretary, he has oversight of $1.1 billion public safety budget and the secretariat’s 13 agencies, boards and commissions with their 9,500 state employees. Bennett is charged with providing strategic leadership including policy development which aides in crime prevention ensuring the safety of all residents and visitors in the Commonwealth. All EOPSS agencies fall within four categories: law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security.

Bennett’s legal career began as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He was then a prosecutor in the Suffolk District Attorney’s office where he was in the gang unit. He left government service to have his own practice for eight years.

In 2007 he returned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as Senior Trial Counsel. He was co-counsel on the Neil Entwistle murder trial and prosecuted the John Odgren and Sean Fitzpatrick murder trials.

At the time of his appointment as Public Safety Secretary, Mr. Bennett actively served as senior first assistant District Attorney in the Worcester County Office of the District Attorney for four years. He was responsible for monitoring all felony prosecutions in Worcester Superior Court as well as mentoring incoming assistant district attorneys. In 2013, Bennett was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.  Secretary Bennett is a resident of Sherborn.

Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Parole Board. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Callahan previously served as General Counsel to the Parole Board.  Prior to joining the staff of the Parole Board, Mr. Callahan worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in the Gun Prosecution Task Force, the Major Felony Bureau and later as Chief in the Boston Municipal Court.

Edward J. Dolan

Edward J. Dolan was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service in June 2013. He previously served as the Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) where he had held various positions since 1997, including Deputy Commissioner and Director of Classification. He was also Chief Operating Officer at Massachusetts Half Way Houses, Inc., and a Forensic Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Commissioner Dolan has also served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Parole Board and its Director of Research, Planning and Systems Development. Early in his career, he held the position of court planner on the staff of the Trial Court Chief Administrative Judge Arthur Mason. Commissioner Dolan has a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in government for Umass/Amherst. He is a certified trainer in the area of risk/need assessment and has provided consulting services in areas including organizational and program development, parole decision making and information services.

Pamela Friedman

Pamela Friedman, MSW, is the Chief of the Victim Witness Unit in the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. For many years, Ms. Friedman has provided a myriad of services to every population of victims and witnesses throughout the Criminal Justice System. Ms. Friedman has trained and supervised Victim Witness Advocates in district, juvenile, superior and probate courts. Presently, Ms. Friedman co-facilitates the Norfolk High Risk Domestic Violence Assessment team. Ms. Friedman has participated in a number of statewide trainings for victim witness advocates, community based counselors, probation and parole officers, journalists and crime victims.

Steven W. Tompkins

Steven W. Tompkins, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed to serve as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22nd, 2013 by the then Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre–trial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000.

As the former Chief of External Affairs for the Department, Sheriff Tompkins supervised his own division and was a member of his predecessor’s nine-person Executive Team, which was responsible for the day-to-day management of all Sheriff’s Department operations. As the Chief of External Affairs he established sustainable partnerships with municipal agencies, neighborhood organizations, civic associations, local businesses, and crime watch groups to increase community engagement in deterring youth crime and improving reentry programs. Sheriff Tompkins created the innovative “Common Ground Institute,” a vocational training and re–entry program that teaches marketable vocation skills in a classroom setting and allows inmates to hone those skills by renovating public lands and facilities throughout Suffolk County. One of CGI’s most unique features is its job placement component for graduates with employers who hire with full knowledge of the offender’s criminal history.

His work also focused on youth violence and crime prevention. He created the “Choice Program” which sends trained officers into the schools of Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere to deliver on the program’s mission of helping young people to make positive choices for future success while reinforcing the theme of respect for oneself and for others around them. Officers speak with students about a variety of topics specific to today’s youths including the dangers of drug use and gang involvement, as well as the consequences of criminal activity. Students are also educated about the role of government and good citizenship.

He also oversaw the popular “JailBrake,” a program that directly targets youth at risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. JailBrake is designed to help reduce the rise in violent acts committed by adolescents in Suffolk County and to curtail the increase in the number of young people being incarcerated by emphasizing the realities of imprisonment including: lack of control, lack of privacy, and responsibility for one’s own actions.

Before assuming his post at the Sheriff’s Department, Chief Tompkins served as the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the Dimock Community Health Center and served for ten years at AT&T Cable, prior to its purchase by Comcast Cablevision, where he produced scores of television programs, and industrial packages and public service announcements for nonprofit organizations and politicians. While at AT&T, he also served as a member of the communications cadre for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he was a field producer for the agency’s internal television network and press liaison for FEMA’s New England Region.

Sheriff Tompkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.

He is also an engaged community leader and respected advocate, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Roxbury Community College and a former Board Chair of the Sportsman’s Tennis Club. In 2011, Tompkins was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as a Board member of the Boston Finance Commission. Sheriff Tompkins also serves on the Foundation Board and recently stepped down as chair of the Community Service Board for the Dimock Center, a Roxbury-based community health center that provides convenient access to quality medical and mental health care and human services. The Sheriff previously served as the Dimock Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Affairs prior to joining the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Outside technical advisor

James M. Bryne

Professor James M. Byrne (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1983) has over 30 years’ experience in the field of criminal justice and criminology. He is the author of books, monographs, journal articles, and research studies on a range of corrections and sentencing subjects, including global prison population trends, evidence-based sentencing and corrections, offender change, prison violence, offender re-entry, risk classification, the link between prison culture and community culture, the effectiveness of crime control technology, and the community context of crime.

His work in the area of community corrections and evidence-based practices has received both national and international recognition. In 2011, Professor Byrne was the recipient of both the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing. He has provided testimony on the effectiveness of community sanctions before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In 2012, Professor Byrne was appointed to the U.K. Ministry of Justice’s Panel of Experts, which is charged with reviewing corrections programs in conjunction with the National Offender Management Services (NOMS). In 2014, he was appointed as the External Inspector of Prisons in Queensland, Australia by the Inspector General. In this capacity, he recently completed an Inspector General Special Report, An Examination of Assaultive Behaviour in Queensland Prisons. For the past 7 years, he has served as the Editor of the journal, Victims and Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-Based Research, Policy and Practices.


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