Minutes from 5/7/15 Meeting (as approved 5/28/15)

Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders
May 7, 2015, 9-11am
One Ashburton Place, 10th Floor, Video Conference Room

Meeting Minutes

Materials provided or presented at Commission Meeting:

Draft Minutes from 4/1/15 Meeting

5/7/15 Meeting Agenda

Powerpoint by Sex Offender Registry Board

Commissioners Present:

Co-Chair William N. Brownsberger, State Senator
Co-Chair Paul Brodeur, State Representative
Joan B. Lovely, State Senator (joined after minutes voted upon)
Evandro Carvalho, State Representative
Robyn Kennedy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq.
Larni Levy, Esq., Committee for Public Counsel Services
Nancy Connolly, Psy.D., Program Director, Mentally Ill/Problematic Sexual Behavior, Program of the Department of Mental Health
Raymond Knight, Ph.D., Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations, Department of Psychology, Brandeis University
Laurie L. Guidry, Psy.D., President, Center for Integrative Psychological Services, Inc., and President, Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Marian Ryan, District Attorney for Middlesex County
Kevin Hayden, Acting Chair, Sex Offender Registry Board

Commissioners Absent:

Maureen Gallagher, Director of Policy, Jane Doe, Inc.
Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner, MA Probation Service (represented by his designee, Brian Mirasolo)
Secretary Daniel J. Bennett (represented by his designee, Brian Domoretsky)
Senator Brownsberger called the meeting of the Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders to order. After introductions were made, Senator Brownsberger asked for a motion to approve the draft minutes from the meeting held on April 1, 2015. Dr. Knight made a motion, which Attorney Levy seconded. The motion was approved by all members present and voting.

The Sex Offender Registry Board, represented by Kevin Hayden, Acting Chair, Maria Piccillo, Board Member, Richard Mercurio, Operations Supervisor, Judy Norton, Victims’ Services Coordinator, and Tracey Downs, Board Member presented to the Commission about the authority and work of the Board. The presenters took questions from Commissioners and from members of the public in attendance.

The Commission reviewed its plan for upcoming meetings: May 28, 2015 from 9-11 am in the Matta Conference Room on the 11th Floor of One Ashburton Place for a presentation by the Committee for Public Counsel Services; and June 15, 2015 from 1-3 pm in the Charles River Room on the 10th Floor of One Ashburton Place for a presentation by the Probation Department. Senator Brownsberger suggested the Commission devote some time at one of its upcoming meetings to review what the Commission has learned to date.

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