Rollins And Baker At Odds Over Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

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Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins speaks during the press conference at the Suffolk County House of Correction. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins speaks during a press conference at the Suffolk County House of Correction. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The very public spat over criminal justice reform has suddenly gone quiet.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins were scheduled to meet today after a weekend of contentious remarks over Rollins' criminal justice reform efforts. Now both of their offices are refusing to comment on the spat or even if they met today.

Last week, the governor's public safety secretary, Thomas Turco, took aim at Rollins' policies that discourage prosecuting for some criminal offenses. Turco said her policies will substantially restrict government's ability to protect victims.


Jamie Eldridge, Massachusetts state senator. He's a chairperson for the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. He tweets @jamieeldridgema.

Kevin Burke, former state public safety secretary. He's also the former Essex County district attorney.

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, activist and pastor at the New Roots Bethel AME Church in Dorchester. She tweets @RevMariama.

This segment aired on April 8, 2019.

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