Governor Healey Re-Nominates Dr. Charlene Bonner to Massachusetts Parole Board

Boston ~ Governor Maura Healey has announced the re-nomination of Dr. Charlene Bonner to the Massachusetts Parole Board. Dr. Bonner has served on the board since 2011 and will be entering her fourth term.

The Parole Board is an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and is responsible for parole granting and parole supervision. Members are appointed by the Governor to serve five-year terms with the advice and consent of the Governor's Council.

Governor Healey expressed her confidence in Dr. Bonner's appointment, citing her background in psychology as a unique asset to many of those within the criminal justice system, including those with mental health and substance use disorder issues. Lieutenant Governor Driscoll echoed this sentiment, noting that Dr. Bonner's re-nomination was an important step towards ensuring strong, experienced, and diverse leadership on the Parole Board.

Dr. Bonner expressed her gratitude for Governor Healey's trust in her to continue serving Massachusetts on the Parole Board, noting that they have made important progress over the years in giving second chances to many members of their communities while providing support during their transition back into society.

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Dr. Bonner is a certified Designated Forensic Psychologist (DFP) with expertise in substance use disorders, having served as Clinical and Administrative Director of Bournewood Hospital's Ambulatory Services, a Juvenile and Adult Court Clinician, and a Lecturer at Saint Anselm College where she taught various courses in Psychology for over thirty years. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College, a Master of Education from Bridgewater State University, and a Doctoral Degree from William James College; she was certified as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADCI) in 2003; she is also president of a non-profit 501 (c) 3 foundation.

The mission of the Massachusetts Parole Board is to promote public safety through supervised conditional release of incarcerated people back into their communities while providing support for successful transitions back into society; members conduct face-to-face parole release hearings, provide notice and assistance to victims, supervise parolees in their communities, provide reentry services to those leaving custody without mandated post-release supervision; other members include Tina M. Hurley (Chair), Tonomey Coleman Esq., James M Kelcourse, Colette Santa among others

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