Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today his appointment of Anne M. Nolan of Cumberland to the Rhode Island Parole Board. Nolan is President and CEO of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state’s leading homeless service organization.
“Anne Nolan, a recognized leader praised for her tremendous work with Crossroads Rhode Island, is particularly well-suited for a seat on the Parole Board,” Governor Chafee said. “I am confident that Anne will aid the Board in its important task: to determine when and if an offender will be released from imprisonment, while maintaining the interests of victims and the wellbeing of the community at large.”
Prior to joining Crossroads in 2000, Nolan had a long and accomplished career in the corporate world. She served as Principal Consultant with Cumberland Consulting, as a Vice President with Fluor Daniel GTI, as a Senior Vice President with Fleet Financial Group, as Human Resources Manager of Digital Equipment Corporation in Salem, NH, as Senior Partner with Preger Nolan Associates in Amherst, MA, and as a Supervisor in Organizational Effectiveness with Petrostar Limited in Ontario, Canada. Nolan also served as Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has held administrative positions with the University of Illinois, the John Abbott College, and the Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology.
Nolan has been actively involved in the community, currently serving as a Board member of both the Highland Charter School/Dunn Institute and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. She is a past member of Rhode Island Hospital’s Community Affairs Committee and a past Board member of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Travelers Aid (now Crossroads RI), and The Village for Families & Children, Inc., in Hartford, CT.
Nolan received an A.A. from Endicott Junior College, a B.A. from Westfield State College, a Master’s in Education from McGill University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois. She resides in Cumberland.
***About the Parole Board
The Rhode Island Parole Board is committed to promoting public safety. The Board is authorized by statute to consider the early release of incarcerated offenders who have been sentenced to be imprisoned for a period of more than six months and who have served not less than one-third of the term for which they have been sentenced. Using structured decision-making, the Parole Board has broad discretion to determine when and if an offender will be released from imprisonment. Annually, the Board promulgates guidelines and a policy statement, which they apply to assist in their release decisions.
Parole has been referred to as the “doorway to prisoner reentry” and it is an integral part of the criminal justice system in the State of Rhode Island. The Parole Board has the authority to establish conditions of release and to tailor those conditions to appropriately manage the offender’s transition back to the community through proper parole supervision.
Community and victim safety is paramount to the Parole Board. All alleged violations of the conditions of parole release are responded to swiftly. Using intensive supervision, graduated sanctions and ultimately parole revocation and re-incarceration, the Board strives to attain successful prisoner reentry and reduced recidivism.