Press Release: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

RACHAEL ROLLINS ELECTED DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY IN HISTORIC ELECTION

RACHAEL ROLLINS ELECTED DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY IN HISTORIC ELECTION


Rollins Becomes The First Black Woman Elected District Attorney In Massachusetts And The First Female DA Of Suffolk County


BOSTON – In a historic election today, Rachael Rollins was elected as the next Suffolk County District Attorney.  Rollins will become the first Black woman to serve as District Attorney in Massachusetts and the first woman DA of Suffolk County.


Rollins’ election reflects a widespread demand for change in a criminal justice system that for too long has not worked fairly for everyone. Rollins has promised to bring new solutions to the office that will break down wealth and racial disparities, keep communities safe and treat all people with dignity and respect.


“I am humbled by the trust the voters have placed in me to serve as Suffolk County’s next District Attorney,” said Rollins. “I am beyond grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our community over the last nine months since we launched this campaign. Voters sent a very clear signal today that our criminal justice system is not working for too many people and it’s time for a change. We will start by creating an office that adequately reflects the communities it serves and that is engaged with every neighborhood within the county. Then together we’ll make our criminal justice system better and work to strengthen relationships between communities and law enforcement.”


Rollins believes that justice is best served when every person who comes into contact with the system is treated with dignity and respect. As Suffolk County District Attorney she will keep communities safe and to ensure justice for victims. Rollins is committed to improving our criminal justice system through best-practices and data-driven programs that prioritize equity and justice. That includes focusing on treatment, not prosecution, for those swept up in the justice system for minor crimes. This will also allow prosecutors to focus more resources on the serious crimes that truly undermine public safety, like domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, and homicides. Rollins is looking forward to working with community partners, law enforcement, and the residents of Suffolk County to transform the District Attorney’s office.