Gov. Deval Patrick overhauled the Massachusetts Parole Board Thursday, forcing the resignations of five members, as he released a review of the agency's missteps in freeing a felon who killed a Woburn, Mass., police officer last month, reports the Boston Globe. The review by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security found numerous serious lapses in how the agency handled Domenic Cinelli's 2008 application for parole, including the failure of employees to inform the board that Cinelli, while using an alias, had assaulted a Chelsea police officer in 1985.
The Parole Board did not make the appropriate notifications or apply the full legal standard when it voted 6-0 to release Cinelli, according to the eight-page critique, nor did parole officers provide the proper level of supervision when he was freed. The breakdown was particularly noticeable in the months leading to the fatal shooting of Woburn police Officer John Maguire. “After this review, I cannot say that the Parole Board or parole office did all they could to ensure public safety,'' Patrick said. He added, “The public has lost confidence in parole, and I have lost confidence in parole.''