A Letter from Rachael
The opportunity to serve as the top law enforcement officer in Suffolk County is the greatest honor of my career. I’m grateful to serve the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, and to lead an office of progressive prosecutors, victim witness advocates, and operations staff who have dedicated their careers to helping others. Most of all, I’m honored by the trust you’ve placed in me to pursue a bold new vision for our criminal justice system.
Among my top priorities as District Attorney is to ensure that offenses driven by poverty, mental illness, and substance use disorders are approached with the goal of treatment and diversion rather than incarceration. By directing low-level, less serious offenders into services and out of the criminal justice system, we not only help improve individual outcomes but enhance public safety and quality of life for our communities as a whole. This approach allows us to focus prosecution resources on serious offenders who cause the greatest harm in our neighborhoods.
Achieving these goals will allow us to create a criminal justice system that better serves the victims and survivors who turn to our office for help. Our priority is seeking accountability on behalf of those we serve and treating every person with compassion, dignity, and professionalism. We also aim to ensure that this office is open, transparent, and reflective of the wonderful and vibrant communities we serve. Our staff will always strive to provide services to victims and families in their primary language and in a culturally-informed manner.
The partnerships that we have built with law enforcement, social service providers, local officials, and the legislature are vital to ensuring that we’re able to fulfill our mission.But our most important partners are the people of Suffolk County, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve you.Thank you for your support of this office’s work and mission.