gang violence

New England News
12:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Pittsfield Community To Gather In Wake Of Teen Shooting

Credit City of Pittsfield

The city of Pittsfield will hold a community meeting tonight in response to a recent shooting involving two teenagers.

Read more
Capital Region News
6:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

#TakeBackTroy Gains Traction

Credit twitter

Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

Read more
Capital Region News
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Troy Police: City Will Be Safe And Secure This Saturday Night

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.

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.

Read more
New England News
12:57 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Pittsfield Program Targets Gang And Youth Violence

Credit City of Pittsfield

A new program in Pittsfield is aimed at supporting young people and preventing them from entering a life of crime.

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 city to hire Adam Hinds as the city’s first dedicated program coordinator in March.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.