M.S. Alumna Rosalyn Cotton Named Chair of the Nebraska Board of Parole
UNO alumna Rosalyn Cotton was named chairwoman of the Nebraska Board of Parole in December, 2014. Cotton, who earned her master of science degree in urban studies and criminal justice from UNO, has been a member of the Board of Parole since 2005. She has devoted her career to the criminal justice field and has provided the state with more than 30 years of service in corrections, holding positions ranging from corrections corporal to senior parole officer. During her tenure as a senior parole officer, she became a key resource person in identifying and effectively intervening gang activities while keeping communities safe. She also mentors students who are studying and working in the criminal justice field and guest lectures for the University of Nebraska on the Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney campuses. She continues to share her valuable experience in the educational and professional arenas and is an accomplished leader in the community.
The Nebraska Board of Parole is a five-member board that reviews the status of criminal offenders, determines when to grant parole and sets the conditions of parole. The board also advises the Governor with regard to parole legislation and informs the Board of Pardons about the merits of applications for remission, reprieve, pardon or commutation.