gang violence http://wamc.org en Troy Police: City Will Be Safe And Secure This Saturday Night http://wamc.org/post/troy-police-city-will-be-safe-and-secure-saturday-night <p>After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.</p><p></p><p>Officials in Troy invite you to come downtown over the weekend. There will be more police presence and visibility, especially around the vicinity of 4th and Congress streets, near Kokopellis nightclub, the scene of a January melee, and home to Gino's Pizza, where a gunman sprayed five customers with shots during the wee hours this past Sunday. The victims all survived, and police aim to reassure citizens it's safe to visit the Collar City.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:02:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 89486 at http://wamc.org Troy Police: City Will Be Safe And Secure This Saturday Night Pittsfield Program Targets Gang And Youth Violence http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-program-targets-gang-and-youth-violence <p>A new program in Pittsfield is aimed at supporting young people and preventing them from entering a life of crime.</p><p>The Community Connection program is part of the city’s Shannon Grant initiative. The state grant focuses on gang management and prevention, targeting teenagers to young adults. This year’s $100,000 award allowed the<a href="http://wamc.org/post/pittsfields-gang-intervention-coordinator-boasts-international-conflict-experience" target="_blank"> city to hire Adam Hinds as the city’s first dedicated program coordinator in March.</a></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:57:30 +0000 Jim Levulis 89021 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Program Targets Gang And Youth Violence Pittsfield's Gang Intervention Coordinator Boasts International Conflict Experience http://wamc.org/post/pittsfields-gang-intervention-coordinator-boasts-international-conflict-experience <p>The <a href="http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/" target="_blank">city of Pittsfield </a>has hired a Berkshire native with international conflict experience to tackle gang activity and prevention.</p><p>Adam Hinds of Shelburne Falls, Mass. has traveled to conflict areas the whole world was watching. Just months ago, he was in the government-controlled city of Damascus, Syria working for the <a href="http://www.un.org/en/" target="_blank">United Nations</a> to disarm the country’s chemical weapons program.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 85822 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield's Gang Intervention Coordinator Boasts International Conflict Experience Massachusetts Budget Boosts Summer Job Prospects For Young People http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-budget-boosts-summer-job-prospects-young-people <p>The Massachusetts State Legislature this week approved both a new budget for the fiscal year that began Monday and a supplemental budget for the just concluded fiscal year. &nbsp;The action saved a summer&nbsp; jobs program geared toward helping inner-city youth all across the state. It also assured that an anti-crime program in one city that has received national attention will continue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:44:14 +0000 Paul Tuthill 68414 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Budget Boosts Summer Job Prospects For Young People Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program http://wamc.org/post/mass-advocates-seek-more-funding-youth-violence-reduction-program <p></p><p>A state-funded program to boost youth violence prevention efforts in Massachusetts is at risk of losing all funding after only a handful of years after its initial creation.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:01:02 +0000 Lucas Willard 66966 at http://wamc.org Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program Berkshire Group Organizes Violence Reduction Forum http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-group-organizes-violence-reduction-forum <p></p><p>A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.</p><p></p><p>The group called Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice this week is organizing a meeting involving area residents, professionals, and public safety officials to discuss a wide variety of topics related to school and community violence.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 58562 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Group Organizes Violence Reduction Forum Vermont Corrections Chief Sees Increase in Gang Violence http://wamc.org/post/vermont-corrections-chief-sees-increase-gang-violence <p>The man in charge of Vermont&#39;s prison system says there&#39;s been an increase in violence behind bars in the state, and that much of it appears tied to gang activity.<br /><br />Andrew Pallito told lawmakers on Thursday that many of those engaged in violent gang activity are people who come from out of state and get misdemeanor drug convictions while in Vermont.<br /><br />He says many such people had been housed under contract with the Franklin County Jail and House of Detention in Massachusetts, but that contract recently expired.<br /> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 43541 at http://wamc.org Northeast Report - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman http://wamc.org/post/northeast-report-new-york-state-attorney-general-eric-schneiderman <p>WAMC&#39;S Brian Shields speaks with NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about the arrest of 52 people in and around Albany on gang-related drug activity and violence.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Patrick Donges 35598 at http://wamc.org