Governor McKee appoints Peter Slom to RI Parole Board

Gov. Dan McKee. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –  Governor Dan McKee has assigned Peter Slom to the Rhode Island Parole Board.

Slom is the first formerly-incarcerated individual to be designated to the Parole Board. He has been serving as the Associate Director for The Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

“The members of the Rhode Island Parole Board have a significant responsibility in our communities,” said Governor McKee. “Peter Slom’s extensive experience in rehabilitation and social work will be an asset to the Board, and his background will help bring new perspective to each individual case. I am confident that he will help further the mission of the Board by promoting safe and productive re-entry of incarcerated individuals, and supporting the public safety of all Rhode Islanders.”

On his appointment, Slom said, “But for my own parole opportunity (in 1992), I never would have achieved the productive life that I have been able to lead or the work I have done to help others. It isn’t how you fall down, it’s how you pick yourself back up.”

Slom got both his Master of Social Work from Rhode Island College, and his Substance Use Certification from the University of Rhode Island. He has served on multiple community boards and managed the Right to Vote campaign which gave people on probation or parole the right to vote during elections. Slom has supported incarcerated people for over three decades.

Peter is presently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the WARM Center in Westerly and operates on the Board of Directors for the Re-entry Campus Program that helps incarcerated people to work on higher education. He is a speaker at colleges, high schools and other public settings. He has been a guest on White House Chronicles, the televised PBS show, and The Public’s Radio This I Believe segment. Slom was awarded with the 2021 Ocean Tides LaSallian Service Award, the 2020-2021 National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter’s Social Worker of the Year for Addictions and the 2020 RI Parent Support Network Prevention Partner of the Year. Peter Slom currently has a private practice focusing on substance use disorders, mental health and anger management.
Parole Board Chairperson Laura Pisaturo added, “I look forward to welcoming Peter to the Parole Board, with his broad perspective and expertise in so many areas that are relevant to the important work of the board.”
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