Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s nomination of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to the position of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts:

“As Suffolk County District Attorney, Rachael Rollins has demonstrated what a difference a DA makes; from moving to dismiss thousands of cases tainted by Massachusetts’ drug lab scandals to declining to prosecute several low-level offenses, she has prioritized racial justice and fairness in our legal system. The ACLU looks forward to working with her if she is confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.

“In 2018, Suffolk County voters spoke loud and clear: The power of district attorneys should be used to further racial justice and create healthier communities. Governor Baker must appoint a successor who will continue the work toward a legal system that is focused on transformation and healing—not convictions and incarceration.”

As a matter of organizational policy, the ACLU does not endorse or oppose nominees to political or judicial office. The ACLU will not lobby the Senate on behalf of any nominee.

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