crime http://wamc.org en Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime http://wamc.org/post/incoming-springfield-police-commissioner-stresses-proactive-approach-crime <p>The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans.&nbsp; It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 87698 at http://wamc.org Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America" By Kevin Cook http://wamc.org/post/kitty-genovese-murder-bystanders-crime-changed-america-kevin-cook <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New York City, 1964 - a young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop—a murder the <em>New York Times</em> called “a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change.” The victim, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of thirty-eight neighbors who “didn’t want to get involved.” Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the “Bystander Effect.”</p><p>Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, author and journalist, Kevin Cook, presents the real Kitty Genovese and a new look at her murder case.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 85694 at http://wamc.org "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America" By Kevin Cook Study: Nearly Half Of Black Men Arrested By Age 23 http://wamc.org/post/study-nearly-half-black-men-arrested-age-23 <p>Nearly half of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 82272 at http://wamc.org Study: Nearly Half Of Black Men Arrested By Age 23 Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays http://wamc.org/post/vigilancecommon-sense-needed-avoid-being-crime-victim-during-holidays <p>Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays.&nbsp; Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals.&nbsp; Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:54:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 79781 at http://wamc.org Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays $1 Million DOJ Grant To Fund Attack On Street Crime http://wamc.org/post/1-million-doj-grant-fund-attack-street-crime <p>The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat street crime in a high poverty neighborhood.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday announced the focus of the grant will be on the city’s South End neighborhood, which has been the target of urban renewal efforts for decades and was the subject of a 2008 federal study on concentrated poverty in America.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76516 at http://wamc.org $1 Million DOJ Grant To Fund Attack On Street Crime “Let It Burn” By Steve Hamilton http://wamc.org/post/let-it-burn-steve-hamilton <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Let it&nbsp;Burn </em>is the&nbsp;newest novel in the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by&nbsp;two-time Edgar award-winner and&nbsp;New York Times&nbsp;bestselling author <a href="http://www.authorstevehamilton.com">Steve Hamilton</a>.</p><p>Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he’d just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest. So he’s more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, three hundred miles and half a lifetime away.</p><p>When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times’ sake, it’s an offer he would normally refuse. However, there’s a certain female FBI agent he can’t stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit. While there, he’s reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75982 at http://wamc.org “Let It Burn” By Steve Hamilton Elmore Leonard - In Memoriam http://wamc.org/post/elmore-leonard-memoriam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.elmoreleonard.com/">Elmore Leonard</a>, who died Tuesday at age 87 from complications from a recent stroke, influenced an entire generation of crime writers with his gritty crime novels and shoot-'em up Westerns. Works like “Get Shorty,” “Freaky Deaky” and “Glitz” established him as a modern master of American genre writing. His novels were often adapted for the large and small screen, including a short story, “Fire in the Hole” which was adapted for television as the FX show “Justified” which won a Peabody Award in 2011 in its second season.</p><p>Joe Donahue speaking with Elmore Leonard on the occasion of the publication of Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. We re-air a portion of that interview in memoriam.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71879 at http://wamc.org Elmore Leonard - In Memoriam Springfield Mayor Seeks State Police Help As Gun Violence Flares http://wamc.org/post/springfield-mayor-seeks-state-police-help-gun-violence-flares <p>More Massachusetts state troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer. Funding was previously approved by the Massachusetts legislature</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Members of the Massachusetts State Police Community Action Team will be assigned to Springfield following a personal appeal Monday, in writing and on the telephone, to the head of the state police from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70323 at http://wamc.org Springfield Mayor Seeks State Police Help As Gun Violence Flares "Falling Back" by Jamie Fader http://wamc.org/post/falling-back-jamie-fader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Falling Back</em> is a new book based based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors” among juvenile drug offenders.</p><p><a href="http://www.albany.edu">State University at Albany</a> professor Jamie Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles.</p><p>She looks to portray the complexities of human decision-making as these men strove to “fall back,” or avoid reoffending, and become productive adults. Jamie Fader is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69821 at http://wamc.org "Falling Back" by Jamie Fader Governor Patrick Praises Post Incarceration Program http://wamc.org/post/governor-patrick-praises-post-incarceration-program <p>A program that has reduced recidivism rates was praised today by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.&nbsp; The governor toured the program operated by the office of Hampden County Sheriff &nbsp;Michael Ashe.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Since 2007, the Hampden County Sheriff’s office has operated a one-stop center for newly released inmates. Located in a nondescript one- story brick building in a tough Springfield neighborhood, the center helps former inmates transition back into the community with a range of support services.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 68807 at http://wamc.org Governor Patrick Praises Post Incarceration Program