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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington speaks out on criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization

"As a parent, and someone who’s worked with young people who are at risk, I’m very concerned with how we protect young people from marijuana. We know that marijuana is devastating for developing brains. If your kids get drunk before school, you’re going to notice. But if they’re smoking marijuana, it’s a lot harder to tell." --Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington

Harrington will bring reforms to the DA office

In her letter Deborah Taylor Caine writes: “The Criminal Justice Reform Bill makes the DA's office more important than ever. It has to understand and implement these changes.”

Andrea Harrington represents needed reform in Berkshire County DA office

In his letter to the editor, Steve Farina writes: “Andrea Harrington is the right person in the right place at the right time.”

Knight will bring experience, progress to DA post

In her letter Mary Talbot writes: "Berkshire County deserves a district attorney whose experience is as impressive as it is extensive, and one who is ready to bring about a more thoughtful and progressive approach to the criminal justice system."

News Briefs: Pignatelli co-hosts electric vehicle briefing; Harrington endorses criminal justice reform bill

Legislators spoke not only to electric vehicle technology, but also to state policy and programs that support the transition to electric vehicles.

News Brief: Pignatelli amendment requiring bias-free police training adopted into criminal justice bill

The amendment includes training in areas of bias-free policing, de-escalation and disengagement; and enhanced approaches to complaints involving individuals with mental illness or developmental disability.

Criminal justice reform: Business as usual is not an option

"In state after state, criminal justice reform has led to lower incarceration rates, lower crime rates, and lower recidivism rates. It’s time Massachusetts joins the national let’s-get-smart-on-crime movement. This bill protects public safety and makes common-sense reforms while improving outcomes with our precious tax dollars." -- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)

NEWS BRIEF: Mass. Senate passes criminal justice reform

Among the provisions included in the bill are repealing ineffective mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, allowing for compassionate release for infirm inmates, and reforms to the juvenile justice system.

News Brief: NAACP criminal justice reform protest

Criminal justice reform is one of the three key policy priorities for the NAACP-Berkshire County Branch in 2017.
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