Worcester County’s Donald Xenos Wins Mass Bar Association’s Access to Justice Prosecutor Award

June 7, 2024

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811 

FRAMINGHAM — Donald Xenos, First Assistant and Chief of the Juvenile District Court Unit for the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, was presented with the Prosecutor’s Award by the Massachusetts Bar Association at its annual Access to Justice Awards Celebration last night.

The award is given annually to a state or federal prosecutor who has distinguished themselves in public service, and whose commitment to justice and serving the communities where they live or work is particularly praiseworthy.

“Don has had a profound impact on the day-to-day operation of the office, particularly when it comes to addressing juvenile crime. His commitment to the community and crime prevention is unparalleled,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. in nominating Mr. Xenos for the award. “He heads a team of some of our best and brightest prosecutors and with his outstanding leadership and through the team’s hard work, our efforts have led to a 78% reduction in juvenile delinquency rates over the last 16 years.”

Mr. Xenos, a Westborough resident, has been with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office for 33 years and has been head of the Juvenile Unit since 2007.

In awarding Mr. Xenos, the MBA noted, “Xenos has balanced the need for accountability in juvenile justice with a concern for the future prospects of young offenders. In leading a department focused on diversion, prevention and intervention, he has helped limit rates of youth incarceration by working to address problem behaviors rather than imposing the lifetime burden of a criminal record.”

Mr. Early said that Mr. Xenos’ work has been instrumental in fulfilling his mission of keeping our community safe by seeking justice through tough and fair prosecutions and preventing crime with a variety of community-based outreach programs.  Mr. Xenos also oversees District Attorney Early’s Community Outreach Team, which gives presentations on safety and crime prevention topics throughout Worcester County that to date have had more than 700,000 attendees.

Outside of the office, Mr. Xenos serves on the board of the Worcester Community Action Council as the public sector representative for the District Attorney, working to help break the cycle of poverty “one neighbor at a time.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community through my work in the District Attorney’s Office and am very humbled to receive this award,” said Mr. Xenos in accepting this award.

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