News, articles, and clippings. | 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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There Was a Blue Wave in District Attorney Races Too

November 7, 2018

As the criminal justice reforms from the 1990s, which many have suggested led to the overcrowding of prisons and jails across the country, lose their popularity, district attorneys who want to try new, progressive methods that can offer rehabilitation instead of punishment are winning races.

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The Boston Globe | Editorial

9 political lessons from the 2018 election

November 7, 2018

What did we learn Tuesday? The top-line results showed a good night for Democrats: The party won the House of Representatives, picked up governorships from Kansas to Maine, and outperformed Republicans in the popular vote. But the partisan results tell only part of the story. Throughout the campaign season, and in the results, some lessons emerged that voters — and politicians — would be wise to notice.

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The Boston Globe | Maria Cramer and Jackson Cote

Rachael Rollins wins Suffolk DA race

November 7, 2018

Rachael Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, Tuesday became the first African-American woman in Massachusetts history elected to the office of district attorney.

Rollins, a Democrat, was elected district attorney in Suffolk County, defeating Independent Michael Maloney, a Brockton defense attorney. There was no Republican challenger.

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CNN | Peniel Joseph

This is how the Democrats can win in 2020

November 7, 2018

“Yet there is ample reason to consider Tuesday’s results a victory for America that goes beyond party or ideology. A new generation of progressive Democrats, led by women of color such Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, arrived on the national scene in both victory and defeat. Colorado elected the nation’s first openly gay governor in Jared Polis, and Rachael Rollins became the first African-American woman elected to district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Boston).

Progressive Democrats, especially women and people of color, made history in victory and defeat. Tuesday night’s winners will immediately change the makeup of representation in our democracy.”

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WBUR | Ally Jarmanning

Democrat Rachael Rollins, The Next Suffolk County DA, Is First Woman Of Color To Hold The Post

November 6, 2018

Democrat Rachael Rollins will become the first woman of color to hold the job of Suffolk County district attorney.

Rollins easily beat independent candidate Michael Maloney, a Brockton defense attorney, in the general election, after coming out on top amid a crowded Democratic field in September’s primary.

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Mother Jones | Samantha Michaels

A Black Woman Running for Boston DA Is Out to Change the City’s Racist Sentencing Disparities

November 2, 2018

It was an unusual scene: In a county jail in Boston, inmates sat face to face in June with a row of attorneys who wanted their votes. The attorneys were competing to become the Democratic nominee for Suffolk County’s top prosecutor, to lead an office that would seek to lock away others accused of crimes, and the inmates wanted answers: Why were so many defendants pressured to accept plea bargains instead of going to trial? Did the candidates think it made sense for jails to give medical marijuana to elderly inmates in pain, and what did they see as the best way to help someone struggling with an opioid addiction prepare to leave prison?

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