Parole Board Shake-Up: 5 Members Resign

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – There has been a major shake-up at the state parole board. Five board members resigned Thursday, in fallout from the fatal shooting of a police officer last month.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports from Woburn.

A review of the entire parole board was ordered after Dominic Cinelli, a parolee released from a triple life sentence, fatally shot Woburn police officer John Maguire following a robbery on Dec. 26. Cinelli was also killed.

WBZ News Radio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

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Woburn Police Officer John Maguire was killed in the line of duty on December 26. (credit: Woburn Police Dept.)

The five board members who resigned were on the board when Cinelli was paroled in 2009, after a 2008 hearing.

In announcing the shake-up Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick said that, while Cinelli bears the responsibility for the death of Maguire, the parole board did not do all it could to protect public safety.

WBZ’s Jon Keller analyzes Thursday’s shake-up.

Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin told WBZ News Radio he thought Patrick did the right thing.

WBZ News Radio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

“He did a thoughtful investigation and we’re very grateful for what he did,” Galvin said.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

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Woburn Mayor Galvin At Thursday Press Conference (CBS/Bernice Corpuz)

Also Thursday, the man who served as Executive Director of the parole board at the time of the Cinelli ruling, Donald Giancioppo, resigned from his state job at the Department of Corrections.

Only two parole board members remain at this point.  One of them, Cesar Archilla, has been named acting board chairman. Patrick named Josh Wall, now the first assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, as the board’s interim executive director. He added that he intends to name him chairman.

In a news conference at the State House, Patrick said he would seek to remove other officials from the agency.

“I’ve instructed the parole board not to release any prisoner on parole for a violent crime, or a crime involving firearms or other dangerous weapons, unless satisfied that the parole staff is able properly to supervise all parolees,” said Gov. Patrick.

Patrick said he’d file legislation Friday that requires a violent felon with two prior serious convictions receive the maximum sentence for third conviction.

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  • Mass Resident

    Hey the Govenor final made good decision it about time . For I feel he has ADHD for any other decision he make

    • Barry McCarthy

      Will the parole board that resigned be eligible for other state jobs or retirement?
      They were all politically appointed so my question is will they be rewarded for resigning?

  • SAarah

    I wonddr if this action would have been taken had the victim not been a police officer.

  • Brian

    Finally something the residents of Massachusetts can be proud of in their Govenor.

    What the hell were these Parole Board members thinking in granting parole to a prisoner who was serving not 1, not 2 … but 3 life sentences ???

    These board members should be put on trial for the (aiding and abetting) murder of this officer.

  • Annabell

    It took a deadly mistake by the parole board to bring these decisions that affect all our safety to light. This board needs to be made up of members who irregardless of party affiliation make tough parole decisions based on the history of the offender. They need to at all time err on the side of extreme caution with the public in mind.

    Wondering what state jobs these members who “resigned” will be popped into?

    • laura

      irregardless is NOT a word.

      • cynic

        It would be with no I and one less R.

  • macmum

    It’s sad that anyone, especially someone who is sworn to protect all of us, had to DIE before the illustrious govenor figured out that the partole system is a “cluster” of stupidity. A life sentence should be just that – no if’s, and’s or butt heads pleading for mercy. If at a later date, there is SOLID evidence of innocence, then and only then, let them go. Beyond that, let every violent predator rot in their jail cell until their FULL time is served! Parole should be an earned opportunity for NON violent criminals only.

  • BH

    I think the parole board took the cowardly way out. It would have been better to have them all fired from their jobs. This is a tragedy that should never ever have happened and now because of a stupid decison a few people made, a cop is now dead. But this is a step in the right direction.

    • Metawampe

      Be Deval’s driver is the best way to get on. Just ask Mark Conrad!

  • Cindy

    How do you get on a state parole board anyway? What are the qualifications? Anybody know?

  • wc

    come on!!! connections… obviously you don’t have. I don’t have either…

  • mikey

    About time.

  • cynic

    What doe this solve? Throwing a few people under the bus.This incident happened,no one could predict it,and no one could do anything about. Patrick isn’t out to solve any problem,he’s out to quiet people down,and hopefully make it go away.Thats what Politicians do….How many fat pensions do those that are leaving take with them?

  • Cynic

    Concurrent means that he was serving one life sentence.

  • Tom McManus

    Maybe someone should investigate the governors role in the parole boards decision!

  • taxedout

    Political appointees. You give to the Gov like some of them did and you get the job, Doesn’t matter if you can do the job, bottom line is the buddy system is Still alive and well in this state!!!Patty and her girlfriend are still drawing down big dough , they will get their pensions and go to another state job and double dip again!!! Suckers

  • cj

    3 of the parole board were appointed by Patrick, 3 were from Romney, and the others from another Gov. Don’t remember who. Hopefully Mellissa’s bill will pass.
    A man has been trying to get this bill passed that will not let life sentence felons get any chance of parole. This man has been working on it for 12 or 13 years, since his daughter, Melissa was murdered. I can’t believe I never heard of it till this year!

  • KO

    The Parole Board (or the members on it) are an easy target and it will make the Governor look great when he runs for Scott Brown’s post. Read the report. The people who resigned from the board were not responsible for notification, supervision or anything besides listening to the facts presented and making a decision. Incomplete information delivered, no notification by their support staff, poor supervision. This was a system wide failure. See through the emotions and realize that this was an emotional decision by the Governor’s political ambitions, but driven by tragedy. We may see long term good come out of this in the form of tighter standards, legislation and oversight, but short term, we have lost balance and experience on the parole board. Read their bios and qualifications…hacks they are not. They are professionals who had a full time job requiring them let go convicted criminals according to standards set by the Commonwealth. You want their job?? Take it. I wouldn’t for whatever they make. We will now have a backlog of prisoners legally allowed parole disrupting their institutions and when the parole board reconvenes it will be stacked with Deval’s handpicked members. Did we win here???

  • Charles haskell

    In 6 months see how many parole board people who recently resisigned have new state jobs

    they will guarented i will check my self

    • drmm0207

      before you check you have to learn how to spell

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  • massman

    It’s nice to see accountability. We don’t see enough of it. If this incident influences parole board members to give greater thought over their decisions, then something came out of it.

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  • LillieKaltenhauserd

    Interesting topic. Want to see more on what you guys think about this.

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