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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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Bay State Banner | Allison Miller

Rollins draws on wealth of experience

November 1, 2018

At the downtown pub aptly-named Democracy Brewing last Monday [Oct. 22], a suit-clad crowd full of lawyers and other civic professionals stood attentive as 47-year-old Rachael Rollins rallied her supporters by talking about her “superpowers.”

“My superpower is that I have a spine of steel,” said Rollins, candidate for Suffolk County district attorney, at the event. “One of my other superpowers is loving making people uncomfortable,” she later added.

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El Mundo | El Mundo Boston

Rachael Rollins quiere hacer historia como Fiscal de Distrito del Condado de Suffolk

October 23, 2018

Quiere ser Fiscal. El 6 de noviembre, los votantes de Massachusetts tomarán decisiones muy importantes sobre quiénes los representarán en el Congreso o en la Cámara de Representantes. Sin embargo, en el condado de Suffolk, los votantes también decidirán quién será el próximo Fiscal de Distrito. El condado de Suffolk está formado por Boston, Chelsea, Revere y Winthrop.

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The Boston Globe | Aimee Ortiz

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization hosts event to hold election candidates accountable

October 23, 2018

Rollins, the first black woman to secure the Democratic nomination for Suffolk District Attorney, wasted no time in pointing out where she disagrees with Maloney.

“Bail is after you already have a criminal record,” Rollins said. “What I want to do is solve mass incarceration, and prior to you being arraigned, stop time and make sure you are not branded with a criminal record.”

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The New Yorker | Jennifer Gonnerman

Larry Krasner’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

October 22, 2018

Last month, Rachael Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, became the first African-American woman to win in a Democratic primary for D.A. in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, having promised to stop prosecuting drug possession, shoplifting, and driving with a suspended license, among other crimes.

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