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Parole Rates Drop After Former Prosecutor Named as Chairman of Parole Board

Without a doubt the December killing of Woburn police officer John Maguire by a parolee was sad and reprehensible, but the effect was just as sad and has affected more families. After the killing, Governor Deval Patrick replaced five members of the Parole Board, including replacing the chairman with Josh Wall, a former prosecutor. On August 16, 2011, Chairman Wall was back in front of the Governor’s Council, the same 8 member panel which confirmed Wall as Chairman in February. The two hour hearing, which the Boston Globe described as more ยป