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January 30, 2009

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Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral.

With the advent of the year 2009, Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral began serving the first half of what will be a two–year term as the President of the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association (MSA).

Elected by the sitting sheriffs from twelve of the fourteen counties in Massachusetts – including outgoing President Frank G. Cousins, Sheriff of Essex County – Sheriff Cabral assumes the role following a term as Vice President of the MSA.

Established 25 years ago, the MSA works cooperatively to address the multitude of issues that have, according to the organization’s mission statement, “a direct relationship and impact on the entire criminal justice system, and which may affect the operation of the various sheriff’s offices. These issues include, but are not limited to, those related to law enforcement, the care and custody of inmates and detainees, judicial services, transportation of prisoners, recidivism, officer training, re-entry programming, and legislative advocacy.”

The responsibility of the MSA President is to facilitate communication among Massachusetts’ county sheriffs with respect to agenda items that will be addressed by the association at large and to represent the MSA by speaking for the group as events and situations dictate. Ultimately, the President of the organization will work to identify and promote best practices within the corrections profession and will appeal to local and state governments to achieve the unified agenda of the MSA.

“I am honored to be chosen to serve as President of the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association and I look forward to advancing its mission,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral.

“Obviously,” continued Sheriff Cabral, “reducing recidivism is still of paramount importance to the MSA. The direct impact that pre–release programming and skills building for ex–offenders has on public safety can’t be ignored. In my new role as President of the MSA, I will continue to work with my colleagues to advance this goal, as well as other issues pertinent to the organization.”

Sheriff Cabral will be joined in her efforts as MSA President by Vice President Joseph D. McDonald, Sheriff of Plymouth County, along with continuing Secretary Thomas M. Hodgson, Sheriff of Bristol County and Treasurer Frederick B. Macdonald, Sheriff of Franklin County.

“As the most recent past president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, it was a pleasure for me to work with my colleagues on a variety of criminal justice issues that were geared toward making the residents of the Commonwealth feel safe in their communities,” said Sheriff Cousins. “As sheriffs, we all understand the importance of reducing the rate of recidivism amongst criminal offenders and devising effective reintegration programs for those offenders when they are released from our custody.”

“Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral understands the important work the members of the MSA do on a daily basis,” Sheriff Cousins continued. “She is committed to keeping the citizens of Boston safe, and also establishing programs that will help all offenders achieve success when they return to their families. I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

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