Key findings of the review

January 14, 2011

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THE VOTE“The record of decision does not make any explicit finding with regard to [whether] there is ‘a reasonable probability that [Cinelli] will live and remain at liberty without violating the law.’ ’’ State law requires the Parole Board to make this assessment.

STAFF WORK“The summary of the facts provided to the board does not adequately highlight the violence and seriousness of Cinelli’s crimes.’’ While an escapee, Cinelli used an alias and was charged with breaking and entering and assaulting a police officer, crimes that were not considered by the board.

SUPERVISION“Collateral contacts did not occur in November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, and November 2010.’’ Parole officers are required to assess a parolee’s status once a month by contacting people such as work supervisors, substance abuse counselors, or others in the community.

VICTIMS“In all cases involving life sentences, the General Laws require that a good-faith effort is made to [contact] all victims.’’ Only one victim of Cinelli’s numerous crimes was notified of his 2008 hearing.

FUNDING“Among those contributing factors [to the failures in Cinelli’s parole] was the inability, during this fiscal crisis, to fill key management positions.’’ The Parole Board has been unable to fill several deputy positions in the Office of Field Services since at least 2008.