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Berkshire DA Responds To Citizen Collected Court Data

Two white women sit at a wooden table in a book-lined room.
Josh Landes
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WAMC
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington (L), meet with Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump (R) at the Berkshire DA's office in Pittsfield in January.

Last week, a citizen driven data collection group called Berkshire County CourtWatch issued a preliminary report on criminal justice trends as observed by volunteers over around 300 hearings at the Southern Berkshires District Court in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Now, District Attorney Andrea Harrington is sharing her perspective on the findings, including a sharp uptick in pretrial dangerousness hearings. Harrington, who made transparency a key part of her 2018 campaign, spoke with WAMC about what discrepancies she says she found in the CourtWatch report, and the system she inherited back in January.

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