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Advocates argue for more diverse state parole board

Two civil rights advocates argued Wednesday against the reappointment of state parole board member Lucy Soto-Abbe, saying she is wrong for the panel because of her background as a longtime victim witness advocate and tendency to deny parole.

Addressing the Governor’s Council, attorneys Patricia Garin and Leslie Walker said they would like to see more candidates like Tonomey Coleman, a criminal defense attorney. He was nominated to the board earlier this month, along with Soto-Abbe, by Governor Deval Patrick.

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