Emma Platoff and Danny McDonald of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.
Published on 26th July 2021
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. DIANA LEVINE
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins was nominated by President Biden yesterday to be the next United States attorney in Massachusetts, in a history-making move that could mark a dramatic shift away from immigration and drug prosecutions to a sometimes fiery brand of reform that aims to confront the root causes of poverty and crime.
With strong backing from both Massachusetts US senators, Rollins would be the first Black woman to hold the job in the state’s history, overseeing an office of more than 200 federal prosecutors.
Rollins became the first Black woman elected as district attorney in Massachusetts in 2018 and has promoted progressive reforms in the role, including declining to prosecute a slate of low-level, nonviolent crimes that she argued has resulted in over-incarceration, especially for people of color.