At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has endorsed Sheriff Tompkins for reelection as Suffolk County Sheriff.
"As an At-Large Boston City Councilor, my focus on the Council through advocacy and policy has been the stabilization of families, building healthier communities, breaking cycles of poverty, violence, and reducing trauma. Steve Tompkins shares my commitment to these issues. I am grateful for his leadership and partnership," said Councilor Pressley.
"He has worked hard to ensure the programming at Suffolk County for incarcerated men and women is comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally competent. Steve has also prioritized efforts around parenting classes to support successful family reunification. As the child of a formerly incarcerated parent, I know how sorely needed this programming is, and the impact it can have. As the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council and the founder and Chairwoman of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities, Steve's commitment to women is notable. Women are too often forgotten in discussions about the school to prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, re-entry, and recidivism. Steve's commitment has been consistent and he has been innovative in his programmatic approach to meet the unique needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. He has built a dynamic, diverse and dedicated team- another demonstration of his leadership," added Councilor Pressely.
With respect to the endorsement, Sheriff Tompkins expressed his gratitude for the show of support and his desire to continue working with Councilor Pressley.
“I had the opportunity to work with Councilor Ayanna Pressley on numerous occasions and I have found her to be a thoughtful, committed servant of the people. She has, among a host of other accomplishments, brought much-needed attention to the plight of women struggling with the effects of abuse and trauma - issues that have shaped the lives of many of the women in my care and custody, and her focus on poverty and its impacts on children also carries a deep connection to the men and women in my facilities. I am honored to have her endorsement and look forward to continuing our work together” said Sheriff Tompkins.
Appointed to the position in 2013, Sheriff Tompkins won election in 2014 as a first-time candidate with over 83% of the vote. As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pretrial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security, and administrative staff of over 1,000. Sheriff Tompkins holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.