By shifting his focus from incarceration to transforming lives, Adam Foss is reinventing the role of the criminal prosecutor.

Why you should listen

As Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, Adam Foss has become one of Boston's leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. Recognizing that prosecutors have a unique opportunity to intervene in offender's lives, Foss co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE Program, a collaborative effort between defendants, the court, the probation department, and the D.A. to recast probation as a transformative experience rather than a punitive process.

In addition to his work with the DA's office, Foss is the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a project designed to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students.

What others say

“[Foss has] dedicated [his career] to ensuring public safety and, in particular, improving the lives of the children and youth of Suffolk County.” — District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, quoted in Suffolk County DA press release, March 20, 2015

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