2012-10-18 / News

Darigan, Neronha honored by justice organization

Francis Darigan Jr. and Peter Neronha were recently honored by Justice Assistance, a nonprofit agency whose mission is to assist victims and ex-offenders in navigating the Rhode Island justice system. Darigan is a retired Superior Court judge and Neronha is the U.S. attorney for the district of Rhode Island.

Along with the two Jamestown residents, three others were honored at the 31st annual Neil J. Houston Jr. Memorial Awards on Oct. 11 at the Providence Marriot.

“Our award recipients are among the most dedicated keepers of the law, while also among the most willing to offer those in need guidance in navigating our judicial maze,” said Jon Houston, executive director of Justice Assistance and brother of the ceremony’s namesake. “Our annual award process is a competitive one, and each of these individuals were nominated and selected because they have showed a willingness to reach beyond their duties and clear a path toward justice in their area of expertise. Our system operates better because of them, they comfort our victims, and our ex-offenders are held to a higher standard because they employ hope for them. We thank all our award recipients for their passion and dedication.”

Darigan Jr. was honored with the Edward V. Healey Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor reflects the determined dedication of a person who pursues justice and assists others in achieving justice throughout their lifetime. Named in honor of Healey, former judge, the award is provided only in years where a wholly deserving nominee is brought forward to the selection committee.

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