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Berkshire DA Moves On Ending Cash Bail

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Josh Landes

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington is moving her office away from cash bail. 

Harrington, fulfilling a campaign promise, says cash bail contributes to the “criminalization of poverty” and leaves the financially vulnerable moldering in captivity.

“We have trained our prosecutors, our assistant district attorneys, that we have a presumption against requesting cash bail,” Harrington told WAMC.

The office’s new policy is to request cash bail only if the defendant in question meets enough criteria to be considered a flight risk or dangerous.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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