HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced he has named Erika M. Tindill of New Haven to serve as Chair of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Currently, Tindill is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a position she’s held since 2009.
“Erika has shown extraordinary leadership skills in her roles as an accomplished attorney, prosecutor, executive director and victim advocate,” Malloy said. “She is highly respected within the criminal justice community for her ability to advocate on behalf of victims and their rights, for her sharp knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, and for her dedication to improving the services that protect the public and their safety.”
As the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Tindill leads a coalition that develops training for and conducts public awareness and public advocacy campaigns in support of member agencies that provide direct services to victims. She previously served as a prosecutor in the State of Florida and as Deputy Director of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.
“The Board is an integral part of the state’s criminal justice system,” Tindill said. “Parole is a privilege, not an entitlement. Offenders must earn the right to be considered and the Board must put public safety first. I share the Governor’s commitment to lowering rates of recidivism in a cost effective manner, and I look forward to working with him in this new position.”
Tindill has served on the Boards of Directors for the Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven and for the Rape Crisis Center of Milford. She mentored and volunteered at Conte West Hills Magnet School in New Haven, was co-chair of the New Haven County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, and is a member of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.
The Board of Pardons and Paroles, an autonomous state agency with administrative support provided by the Department of Correction, is responsible for making individualized offender re-entry decisions using state-of-the-art risk assessment tools. Under state law, the Board must involve victims in its decision making process and must recommend the appropriate level of post-release supervision. In recent years, the Board has adopted reforms to ensure that all necessary information is available prior to release decisions being made.