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Peter Forbes

Senior Advisor, Roca Impact Institute
Commissioner, Massachusetts DYS

Peter Forbes was appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in May 2013 and reappointed in 2015.


Commissioner Forbes remains committed to sustaining efforts that ensure low-risk youth do not penetrate the deep end of the juvenile justice system, and that youth in custody receive appropriate and effective services where and when they need them. Priorities for the agency under Peter’s stewardship include educational

attainment and employment and training opportunities for the youth in the custody of the Department with the long-term goal of improving public safety and reducing recidivism. Peter has additionally focused agency planning around the concept of fairness with the understanding that if youth (and families) perceive their interaction with juvenile justice professionals as fair they will be more likely to internalize positive change.

Peter holds a Master of Science in Human Services from the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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