About Community Justice Support Centers in Massachusetts

There are 18 Community Justice Support Centers across the state, where clients seek to improve their lives and avoid further criminal justice involvement. Each center offers programs including cognitive behavioral treatment to treat substance use disorder and improve decision making, employment counseling, and Adult Basic Education/ GED/HiSET/post-secondary preparation.

About the Speakers

Pamerson Ifill '92 is the Commissioner of Probation for Massachusetts. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of Pretrial Services for the Massachusetts Probation Service from 2019 to 2023. Prior to that role, he was a Regional Supervisor of Probation Services, the Chief Probation Officer for Suffolk Superior Court, and a Regional Program Manager for the Office of Community Corrections. He served as a Juvenile Court Probation Officer in Barnstable/Plymouth Counties from 1993 to 1998. Ifill is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and Stonehill College, and regularly speaks at national conferences on criminal justice issues. 

Hon. Michael Vitali is the regional administrative justice for Region 2 of the Massachusetts District Court, which encompasses the Attleboro, Brockton, Brookline, Dedham, Hingham, Quincy, Stoughton, Taunton and Wrentham District Courts. He has also presided as first justice of the Brockton District Court. At the time of his judicial appointment, Vitali had a private practice. He represented defendants before the District, Superior and Juvenile Courts in Eastern Massachusetts. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Stonehill College and as a lecturer in law at Boston University School of Law.

This event is sponsored by the Martin Institute for Law & Society.