Advocates argue for more diverse state parole board
The Boston Globe - 02/28/2013
Two civil rights advocates argued Wednesday against the reappointment of state parole board member Lucy Soto-Abbe, saying she is wrong for the panel because of her background as a longtime victim witness advocate and tendency to deny parole.
Addressing the Governor’s Council, attorneys Patricia Garin and Leslie Walker said they would like to see more candidates like Tonomey Coleman, a criminal defense attorney. He was nominated to the board earlier this month, along with Soto-Abbe, by Governor Deval Patrick.
“We need to have a more diverse parole board with people on it that are going to stand up and think of some creative things to do to change this system,” said Garin, the co-director of The Prisoners Assistance Project at Northeastern University Law School, during Soto-Abbe’s reappointment hearing at the State House.