BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated four people, including a victims’ advocate, to the state Parole Board which has been in turmoil since a police officer was killed by a parolee late last year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

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Patrick said Friday the nominees will help “rebuild the public’s confidence in the parole system.”

Patrick’s selections to the seven-member board include:

  • Lucy Soto-Abbe, a victim advocate in the Hampden County District Attorney’s office;
  • Dr. Charlene Bonner, a forensic psychologist in the Plymouth County courts;
  • John Bocon, a former federal probation officer;
  • Ina Howard-Hogan, now the board’s general counsel.

“They have a range of background and I think they understand that not just I, but the general public, is watching them very, very closely,” Patrick said.

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In January, Patrick accepted the resignations of five board members who in 2008 voted to parole career criminal Dominic Cinelli. In December, Cinelli killed Woburn police officer Jack Maguire in a shootout, after robbing the jewelry counter at Kohl’s. Cinelli was also killed.

The nominations now go to the Governor’s Council for approval.

Josh Wall, a former Suffolk County prosecutor, was confirmed as Chairman of the Parole Board last month.

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