Massachusetts has suspended the release of all inmates who had previously won parole as the governor assembles a new parole board to replace members who resigned under pressure after releasing a man who killed a Woburn police officer.
John Grossman, the state's undersecretary of public safety, said in a statement released to The Boston Globe that stopped granting parole last Friday during the "transition period to new leadership and to ensure public safety."
The parole board is in the midst of an overhaul after career criminal Domenic Cinelli, who was paroled despite serving three life sentences, shot and killed veteran Officer John Maguire on the day after Christmas during a department store robbery.
Inmate rights advocates say it is unfair to withdraw parole for prisoners already promised release.
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