Concerned about a recent string of arsons, and violent crime in their streets, people who call the city of Troy’s north-central neighborhood home came together for a meeting last night at a church in Lansingburgh. The focus of the gathering was what people can do about these problems. Danielle Sanzone is a reporter for The Record newspaper, and was at the meeting that was organized after the fires and crimes. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law. Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The Massachusetts Legislature has rejected Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed amendment to a bill barring parole for three-time violent felons, leaving the fate of the bill in doubt as the legislative session nears an end.
Patrick's so-called "safety valve" amendment would have given limited discretion to judges to grant parole to felons after serving two-thirds of their maximum prison sentence or after serving 25 years of a life sentence.
The House rejected the amendment on a 132-23 vote on Monday. The Senate defeated it on a voice vote.
To combat crime a number of police departments across the county are using a counterinsurgency strategy similar to what US troops used in Iraq. The tactics are different, but the idea is to build community support and trust and take away the safe havens for the gangs and drug dealers. Springfield Massachusetts is one city that has seen success with the strategy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A new law in Albany County is aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell stolen merchandise. The law, approved last night by the county legislature, will place new mandates on pawn shops and jewelers in Albany County. Also, sellers must be at least 18 year old. County lawmaker, Democrat Gary Domalewicz , is the lead sponsor of the legislation. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model for the entire country. The neighborhood revitalization in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Several top law enforcement officials in Western Massachusetts met Monday to explore new strategies for crime prevention. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…
At a conference in Springfield, the retired police chief of High Point North Carolina, James Fealy said his department implemented a strategy of strong community partnerships and focused deterrence to shut down open air drug markets. The result, violent crime over the last decade is down 47 percent in High Point.
Law enforcement officials and community leaders from the greater Springfield Massachusetts area met Monday to consider ways to deter crime. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni believes a policing model that employs strong community partnerships and focused deterrence can be a successful strategy to reduce violence in high crime areas of Springfield and Holyoke.
A series of proposals aimed at cracking down on crime are pending before the city council in western Massachusetts' largest city. Several of the public safety initiatives proposed in Springfield are intended to reduce illegal guns, and are being considered in the aftermath of recent horrific gun violence. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.