- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former state prosecutor and civil litigator has been appointed chair of the Rhode Island Parole Board.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Tuesday he has appointed Laura Pisaturo of Warwick to the post. She will replace Kenneth Walker, who is resigning as of the end of July. He has served on the board since 1979 and as chair since 2008.

Pisaturo serves on the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and the Warwick Planning Board. She has also worked as director of the Rhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center and as a prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office.

Chafee called Pisaturo a committed advocate, including on gay and lesbian issues and children’s issues. He says she’ll bring valuable insight and expertise.

The board considers the early release of inmates.

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