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New expertise sought on Mass. Parole Board

A coalition of prisoners’-rights advocates has called on Governor Deval Patrick to postpone a final appointment to the state Parole Board, so that he can consider someone with lengthy experience treating drug offenders, a class that makes up the majority of people in prison.

The group of advocates, including the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Prisoners’ Legal Services, and the Association for Behavioral Health, also asked the administration to redefine the qualifications for the post, and it called for a new process on screening applicants.

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