“The state judiciary is loaded with former prosecutors and is under-representative of the defense bar,” Barrett said in a statement. “Mara has the values and experience needed to get us closer to balance, which will contribute to the crucial pursuit of justice.”
According to Dolan, Barrett’s work was instrumental in passing criminal justice reform in Massachusetts, leading to a more equitable system that supports young and vulnerable residents, reduces recidivism, increases judicial discretion, and enhances public safety.
“Senator Barrett has long been a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform that protects public safety while ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected,” Dolan said in a statement. “It is essential that our judiciary have balance to ensure equal protection under the law. His endorsement means a great deal to me, and I know it will mean a great deal to voters.”