- Associated Press - Sunday, December 30, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - The new top prosecutor for Boston and nearby communities is ready take over.

Rachael Rollins will be sworn in as Suffolk County district attorney on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center.

The Democrat easily defeated independent candidate Michael Maloney in November to become the first woman of color elected district attorney in Massachusetts. She will also be Suffolk County’s first female district attorney.

Rollins has pledged to bring changes to the office that she says will help curb mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Police groups have criticized her plan to not prosecute certain crimes.

Rollins will replace John Pappas, who was appointed in September after longtime incumbent Dan Conley left to go into private practice. Suffolk County encompasses Boston, Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea.

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