Jennifer Sargent, a visiting associate professor of writing for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, has been appointed chair of the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board. She started her new position on Jan. 15, succeeding outgoing chair Donna Sytek.
Before coming to Dartmouth in 2012, Sargent was an associate professor of law at Vermont Law School. In New Hampshire, she has been managing attorney for the Grafton and Coos County public defenders' offices, a district court judge, and the state's chief prosecutor in attorney discipline cases.
As chair of the parole board, Sargent says, she'll work toward a "culture of consistency" that improves communication about parolees across state agencies. "It is not standardized," she says. "As an initial front-burner issue, I want to make sure that the parole board members get all the information that they possibly can about inmates when we consider giving them parole for the first time."
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