PAXTON, Mass. - Students at Anna Maria College got a visit and some advice from U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins on Monday.
Rollins addressed students in the criminal justice, social work and public safety programs at the school. Rollins, who was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts last month, is a former Suffolk County District Attorney.
Rollins said while she may be known for not prosecuting certain crimes as a DA, one of her big focuses is helping people with mental health issues.
“You know, when you Google me, they’ll say ‘She doesn’t want anyone to go to jail!’ No, I only want the violent, serious criminals to go to jail. I don’t want to jail you because you are mentally ill,” Rollins said. “Unless you are being violent, then your mental illness will be taken into account, but you need to be removed from the community because you can’t comport yourself in a way that allows the community to be safe.”
President Joe Biden nominated Rollins. She’s the first Black woman to be confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.