Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is the chief law enforcement officer for the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Appointed to the office in February 2002, Conley was elected in his own right on Nov. 5, 2002, again on Nov. 7, 2006, and most recently on Nov. 2, 2010. As district attorney, Conley oversees the largest and busiest district attorney’s office in Massachusetts. His office is currently responsible for the prosecution of between 40,000 to 50,000 criminal cases every year in the state’s most diverse and densely-populated county.
Prior to taking office as Suffolk County’s 14th district attorney, Conley served for eight years on the Boston City Council, serving several terms as chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. A career prosecutor before seeking public office, Conley served as an assistant district attorney for nine years in the office he now leads, prosecuting homicides and other serious felonies including drug trafficking, non-fatal shootings, and intimate partner violence. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was one of a handful of state prosecutors named to Massachusetts’ first anti-gang violence task force.
Today, Conley oversees one of the most innovative prosecutors’ offices in the nation. In addition to putting Suffolk County “at the forefront of the country” for identifying and preventing wrongful convictions, he launched the first Conviction Integrity Program in Massachusetts and implemented policies that set the stage for a law allowing post-conviction access to DNA testing. He was the first Massachusetts DA to treat children and teenagers arrested in prostitution cases as victims rather than offenders, surrounding them with services through Support to End Exploitation Now, a program that was twice named one of the 50 Most Innovative Programs in Government. A strong proponent of problem-solving courts for defendants struggling with homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction, he is also known for his steady efforts to reduce handgun violence, creating a specialized Gun Court that cut the time to resolve gun cases by more than half and using targeted prosecutions to identify high-level violent offenders.
Conley lives in Boston with his wife, Tricia, and two children.