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November 29, 2006

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
(617) 961-6650


As part of an ongoing safety initiative, Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral moderated a community forum in June to discuss the rise in female crime. Part of a series of forums called “Directions for Corrections” and entitled “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: The Rise of the Female Offender,” the forum is scheduled to broadcast on Boston Neighborhood Network this December.

The sixty–minute show will allow viewers to watch as Sheriff Cabral and a number of panelists explore the factors that create a female offender and address the alarming rise in crime, particularly violent crime, among females.

“Each year, we house a greater number of female inmates and detainees. It’s a very unsettling trend,” said Sheriff Cabral. She added that the decision to air the forum was made in an effort to keep the issue prominent in the minds of Suffolk County officials and residents.

Panelists at the forum include Dr. Deborah Prothrow–Stith, Associate Dean for Harvard School of Public Health; John Auerbach, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission; Robert Lewis, Director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families; Paul Joyce Jr, Superintendent and Chief of Investigative Services for the Boston Police Department; and Monica Fernandez–Castro, Regional Clinical Director for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.

The forum can be viewed on Channel 9 (Comcast) and Channel 15 (RCN) on the following dates and times:

Friday, December 1st at 2pm & 8pm
Saturday, December 2nd at 9pm
Sunday, December 3rd at 7pm
Friday, December 8th at 2pm & 8pm
Saturday, December 9th at 9pm
Sunday, December 10th at 7pm
Friday, December 15th at 2pm & 8pm
Saturday, December 16th at 9pm

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