Prominent members of the Massachusetts public safety and justice communities discuss public attitudes about crime and punishment after the release of a new public opinion study done by the Crime and Justice Institute and Doble Research Associates.

+ BIO: Elyse Clawson

Elyse Clawson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Crime and Justice Institute. She brings over 30 years of experience and a substantial background in criminal and juvenile justice, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and education. Throughout her career, Ms. Clawson has worked extensively with elected officials and other policy makers as both a national consultant and department director. Elyse Clawson provides consultation on policy and practice in criminal/ juvenile justice, and human services for state and local government. She also makes presentations to professional organizations, legislatures, and other policy groups. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections Advisory Council and was recently appointed to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Department expert panel tasked with reviewing Department of Corrections programs and system both in the institution and upon reentry. She is a member of American Probation and Parole Associations, American Corrections Association, and National Association of Probation Executives. She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

+ BIO: Bob Gittens

Robert P. Gittens is an attorney who serves as Vice President for Public Affairs at Northeastern University. His extensive public sector experience includes service as Cabinet Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, First Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, Chairman of the Massachusetts Parole Board, and Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Office of the Governors Legal Counsel. Mr. Gittens is a member of the Court Management Advisory Board.

+ BIO: Rita Poussaint Nethersole

Rita Poussaint Nethersole is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for Academic and Student and Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

+ BIO: Jack Cinquegrana

Jack Cinquegrana is chair of the firm's Government Enforcement & Compliance Group. He is also a member of the firms Executive Committee. He is a veteran trial lawyer with over 25 years experience in litigation and state and federal government enforcement matters. Jack is one of Bostons most recognized lawyers. He is a past President of the Boston Bar Association and one of 10 Boston lawyers included in Best Lawyers in Americas Annual Guide to Bet-The-Company Litigation. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he is listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers Top 100, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and The International Whos Who of Business Crime Lawyers. In 2009 he was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Committee for Public Counsel Services, which oversees the provision of legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil cases in Massachusetts.

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