gang violence

New England News
6:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Pittsfield's Gang Intervention Coordinator Boasts International Conflict Experience

Adams Hinds was recently hired to be Pittsfield's Shannon Grant coordinator.
Credit City of Pittsfeild

The city of Pittsfield has hired a Berkshire native with international conflict experience to tackle gang activity and prevention.

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 United Nations to disarm the country’s chemical weapons program.

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New England News
12:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Massachusetts Budget Boosts Summer Job Prospects For Young People

A campaign to encourage Massachusetts employers to provide jobs to teenagers this summer was launched in May in Springfield City Hall
Credit WAMC

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.  The action saved a summer  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.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program

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.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Berkshire Group Organizes Violence Reduction Forum

A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.

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.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Vermont Corrections Chief Sees Increase in Gang Violence

The man in charge of Vermont's prison system says there's been an increase in violence behind bars in the state, and that much of it appears tied to gang activity.

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.

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.

New York News
3:30 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Northeast Report - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

WAMC'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.