Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Mary Elizabeth Heffernan oversees fourteen agencies and commissions in her capacity as cabinet member. To name some: The Office of the Medical Chief Examiner, The Department of Community Corrections, The State Police, Home Land Security, etc.
Secretary Heffernan discuses the policies her office has identified and worked on, among them the “Safety Successful Youth Initiative” to prevent youth violence.
Chief Counsel Anthony Benedetti describes the functions and the work that the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) performs to protect the rights of those individual with low or no income. Chief Counsel Bennedetti thoroughly explains all the services CPCS provides both in the criminal and civil side to ensure that CPCS clients’ rights under the constitution are properly observed and preserved.
Judge Harris talks about the work the Boston Juvenile Court does to impart protection, services and justice to those children accused of crime that he sees in his Court. Judge Harris discusses his ideas about probation, education, and about the Department of Youth Services to children accused of crime.
Andrea J. Cabral, Esq., the 30th Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history.
In this interview we learn about the changes that Sheriff Cabral implemented at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. We learn about the programs Sheriff Cabral instituted, among them, specific programs to address the needs of female detainees and inmates in the Department’s custody. We also learn about the Sheriff’s views in recidivism prevention and education.
Judge Thomas Horgan presides at the Boston Municipal Court, Central Division. Judge Horgan demystifies the arraignment process. This interview touches upon concepts of bail, 209(A) restraining orders, probation, issued warrants; and the jury system. Judge Horgan also comments on judicial independence and about the process of retaining a private counsel.
District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Suffolk County.
District Attorney Conley discusses the direction his office is taking to be at the forefront of wrongful conviction prevention. DA Conley refers to crime scene investigation techniques and use of technology for prosecution. DA Conley also talks about programs pertaining to Witness and Victim protection.
Terry Kennedy talks about the Governor’s Council, and the Districts that he and other councilors represent. He explains what the Governor’s Council is, talks about the duties and votes taken during his tenure.