In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE media.
BOSTON – This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Sherquita HoSang to the Parole Board.
HoSang has served as a member of the Sex Offender Registry Board since August 2020.
Before that, she served as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the Massachusetts Trial Court and previously as a social worker with the Department of Children and Families.
“Sherquita HoSang’s experiences as a Sex Offender Registry Board member and service to the Commonwealth as a probation officer and social worker for the Department of Children and Families have prepared her well for a position on the Parole Board,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit her nomination to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Sherquita HoSang’s experience throughout the Commonwealth with families and the criminal justice system will bring valuable insight to the Parole Board and those appearing before it,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
The Massachusetts Parole Board resides within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and is authorized to grant paroles and supervise parolees. The seven members of the Parole Board are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Members are appointed for five year terms or to fill the unexpired term of a prior member. Board members serve on a full time basis. The Governor designates one member of the Board as the Chairman, who acts as the executive and administrative head of the Board.
HoSang currently serves as a Member of the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). Governor Baker nominated her for this role in July 2020 and she began serving in August 2020. Prior to serving on the SORB, HoSang served for six years as a juvenile probation officer in Hampden County.
In that position, she worked with judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, and child welfare organizations and recommended supervision orders that included treatment, vocational rehabilitation, mental health programming, and revocation or probation.
HoSang managed an extensive caseload of delinquency, child requiring assistance, and care and protection cases in the juvenile justice system. These cases required close examination of facts and circumstances surrounding each one. She conducted home studies, pre-sentencing reports, and violation of probation hearings. She identified strengths and weaknesses of her clients to aid in referral to community-based services.
As a Department of Children and Families social worker in Springfield from 2010 to 2014, HoSang prepared assessments, reports, service plans and foster care reviews. She worked with at-risk youth, children, and families to help stabilize them in the community, and interviewed clients individually and in family groups to determine what services would best fit their needs. She worked as an intercept counselor for Youth Villages from 2009 to 2010, assisting young people with serious behavioral issues or trauma histories and their families to provide intervention services in times of crisis.
Sherquita HoSang is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and legal studies. She resided for six months in Barcelona, Spain, while she completed her college courses in 2006.
She earned a Master’s degree in social work with honors from Springfield College in 2012, and is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.