The shooting death of Woburn Police Officer John Maguire in December 2010 quickly turned political when it came to light the state’s Parole Board had released the alleged shooter, Dominic Cinelli, despite his long and violent criminal history and three life sentences.
Since that killing, the Department of Corrections has ordered several second-degree lifers out of pre-release work programs and back into medium-security prisons. Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services in Boston, and Patricia Garin, a defense attorney and law professor at Northeastern University, are working with some of those men to get them back into pre-release.
They asked that the men’s employers write letters on their behalf, testifying to their behavior and capabilities. Three of those letters are below, with the names of the employers redacted: