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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.

Read More | Dialynn Dwyer

Q&A: Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins on her priorities and how her personal experiences inform her work as a prosecutor

November 14, 2018

History was made last week in Massachusetts when Suffolk County voters elected Rachael Rollins to serve as their next district attorney.

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Boston Herald | Joyce Ferriabough Bolling

With new leaders, hope is in the air

November 9, 2018

To me, the midterm elections amounted to a “wash” in many ways. Despite a few bright lights, the midterms underscored the serious divide in our country. But they also reflect the opportunity that those newly elected have for change and new ideas. We should celebrate that the House will reflect the actual makeup of our nation — and that is a good thing. The ushering in of 110 women (including Massachusetts’ long overdue first woman of color, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley) is history-making. Even music business impresario P Diddy tipped his hat in a tweet to the standout incoming women of the House, among them Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women elected to Congress, and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

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Dorchester Reporter | Jennifer Smith

Next Suffolk DA, Rachael Rollins, says she will hold law enforcement accountable

November 8, 2018

Fresh off her general election win, Suffolk County’s next district attorney, Rachael Rollins, said she was geared up and prepared to push local law enforcement to do more. Rollins spoke frankly about her plans for the office and the current criminal justice moment at a live taping of The Horse Race podcast on Wednesday night.

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Rollins to become Boston’s first female top prosecutor

November 7, 2018

A Democrat with a plan to forgo prosecution of certain low-level crimes will become Boston’s first female district attorney and the first woman of color to hold such a job anywhere in Massachusetts.

Rachael Rollins on Tuesday easily defeated independent Michael Maloney, a defense attorney who called her proposals reckless. Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, ran on the promise to help curb mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system while building trust between communities and law enforcement.

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