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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2003

CONTACT: Rick Lombardi
(617) 989-6672


SHERIFF CABRAL NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER


Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral named Julie M. White as the new Director of the Women’s Resource Center in Jamaica Plain.

"Julie has extraordinary skills as an advocate for women’s issues in a criminal justice setting. Her enthusiasm and experience as a clinician and social worker makes her eminently qualified to advance the mission of the Resource Center," said Sheriff Cabral. "I am very pleased Julie has accepted the position and I know that she is prepared to handle the challenges ahead."

White currently serves as the mental health clinician with Correctional Medical Services (CMS), the medical services provider for the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, White graduated from Syracuse University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Advanced Graduate Certificate of Women’s Studies. She has been a Clinical Coordinator for the Forensic Access to Community Services Program in West Roxbury; a mental health clinician for CMS at MCI-Framingham, a state-operated prison for women, and at the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton.

White, a resident of Jamaica Plain, has also provided services to the Tri-City Mental Health and Retardation Center in Waltham, where she attended to the substance abuse and mental health needs of homeless men and women. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, she was an assessment specialist in Rochester, N.Y., and was a transitional counselor to survivors of domestic violence.

White succeeds Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, who was recently named Deputy Superintendent of the Suffolk County House of Correction. "With Julie’s correctional background, clinical expertise, and experience with female offenders, she is uniquely qualified to maintain public safety while making the Center’s treatment program stronger," said Dep. Supt. Mastrorilli.

The Women’s Resource Center opened in Jamaica Plain in 2001 as the first day reporting center of its kind in the nation. Offenders receive services that are tailored to the specific needs of women, and focuses on employment, drug treatment and parenting. Professional case managers closely monitor offenders. The center can serve 50 offenders and is jointly staffed by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Parole and Department of Probation, and the Office of Community Corrections.

(Note to editors: A digital photo of Julie White is available via email. Please call for a copy.)


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