District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Berkshire County Sheriff Candidate Alf Barbalunga answered questions regarding how they would handle issues involving racial justice at a candidates forum organized by The Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education and moderated by CEO and Founding Director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office recognizes that there must be limits to pretrial detention, implemented policies to limit the number of individuals held on low-level charges, and is now working with the court to safely resume jury trials to bring defendants to justice as soon as possible.
Video Connect sessions are offered throughout the day and available for incarcerated individuals to use on seven terminals that are appropriately spaced for social distancing in the facility contact visitor room, which is no longer being used for in-person visitations.
“I thank my colleagues in Hampden and Northwestern for partnering with us in these discussions with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to protect victims and the community.” – Berkshire DIstrict Attorney Andrea Harrington
According to Simon’s Rock administrators, who did not disclose the name of the firm that the college hired, the investigators spent several days on campus, interviewed 29 people, conferred with Great Barrington police, and reviewed documentary evidence.
In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge’s second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.
A report from the Eos Foundation examining gender equality in Massachusetts colleges and universities has identified Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the top four-year public institution among only 40% of schools to achieve gender equality.
If you include the whole spectrum of sexual and physical abuse from causing discomfort to perpetrating assault, then every woman you know has suffered — your mother, sister, wife and lover — at one time and to some degree.
In their joint statement, the current and former prosecutors, law enforcement, Department of Justice and judicial leaders corrected the factual inaccuracies in Barr’s remarks and cautioned against a return to past failed approaches.