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Commonwealth Magazine | MICHAEL JONAS

Rollins takes office with reform agenda

January 3, 2019

RACHAEL ROLLINS, who has broken barriers throughout a two-decade legal career, cracked another one on Wednesday as she became the first woman to serve as Suffolk County district attorney and the first black woman to hold a DA’s office anywhere in the state.

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Boston Globe | Maria Cramer

Rollins sworn in as Suffolk district attorney

January 3, 2019

Rachael Rollins was sworn in as Suffolk district attorney Wednesday, becoming the first black woman to hold that position in Massachusetts, an achievement she told a packed crowd at Roxbury Community College that should motivate them to chase any goal that seems impossible.

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WGBH | Jim Braude

New Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins on Walking the Talk of Criminal Justice Reform with Jim Braude

January 3, 2019

The newly sworn-in District Attorney spoke with Jim Braude about her next steps — and how she practices what she preaches in her personal life.

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Washington Times | Associated Press

Boston’s new top prosecutor to be sworn in

December 31, 2018

Rachael Rollins will be sworn in as Suffolk County district attorney on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center.

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Washington Post | AP

New Crop of Reform Minded DA’s Ready to Take Office

December 31, 2018

“Accountability does not necessarily have to equal incarceration,” Rollins said. “There are many different tools we can use to hold people accountable.”

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Commonwealth Magazine | MICHAEL JONAS

Rollins brings mandate for change – and blunt style – to Suffolk DA’s job

December 21, 2018

RACHAEL ROLLINS DEFIED expectations when she rolled to a decisive victory this fall in the race for Suffolk County district attorney. She won a five-way Democratic primary, outpacing a field that included the favorite of the law enforcement establishment, and went on to trounce an independent candidate in the November general election. The seat was open for the first time in 16 years after longtime DA Dan Conley opted not to seek another term. For Rollins, a 47-year-old single mother who had just completed treatment for breast cancer, it was a grueling nine-month marathon of debates, door-knocking, fundraising, and phone banks.

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MSNBC | Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton

Interview with Suffolk County DA-Elect Rachael Rollins

December 10, 2018

Click to watch Rachael’s interview with Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Boston Herald | Taylor Pettaway

Incoming top prosecutor Rachael Rollins firm but flexible on ‘no-prosecute’ offenses

November 29, 2018

Newly elected Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins created controversy during her campaign when she announced a list of crimes she wouldn’t prosecute in office, and now she’s ready to follow through on that plan but is flexible on how to execute it.

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The Daily Beast | Daniel Nichanian

Dems Regained the House in 2018. The Real Story Is What Happened Beyond D.C.

November 16, 2018

Rachael Rollins, who was just elected district attorney in Boston, ran by publicizing a list of offenses for which she will adopt a default policy to not prosecute.

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The Appeal | John Pfaff


November 15, 2018

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s promise to decline to prosecute several offenses is a rejection of the punitive tradition of prosecutors and perhaps signals a new kind of reform that spurns criminal justice as a solution to public health problems.

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