Berkshire District Attorney

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Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington has joined with two other Massachusetts DAs to call on state legislators to raise the maximum age for people in the juvenile justice system from 18 to 21. In neighboring Vermont, youthful offender status has already been raised to 21 by a 2016 law that went into effect last year. Harrington, who won office in 2018 on a reform platform, sat down with WAMC to explain why she believes young adults are poorly served by the adult justice system. She also discussed the progress made by the taskforce she convened in April to confront what she described as the “epidemic” of sexual assault and domestic violence in the community.

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The Berkshire District Attorney says two suspects have been indicted on murder charges stemming from a 2017 shooting in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington won a contentious 2018 election on a reform ticket, promising the community a new prosecutorial approach predicated on social justice, transparency, and greater outreach. Six months into the job, Harrington sat down with WAMC to talk about her recent trip to Portugal with a progressive district attorney group called Fair and Just Prosecution. She also addressed changes to her office’s community outreach program, the difficulties of implementing a data-based system, her experience handling a quadruple murder-suicide in Sheffield, and much more.

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The Berkshire County District Attorney has announced several arrests in a North Adams, Massachusetts drug bust. 

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Tuesday morning, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington announced the formation of a new domestic and sexual violence task force to address what she describes as a growing public health crisis in the community. The task force was detailed during a press conference at the Pittsfield office of the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

In February, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington fulfilled a campaign promise and largely ended the use of cash bail by her office. It comes during a national conversation about cash bail – one that freelance journalist and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Bryce Covert has been following for years. She spoke with WAMC about the arguments for and against cash bail, and how efforts to reform the system are playing out around the country.

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There are new details from the investigation into what authorities say was a quadruple murder-suicide in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

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Thursday night, the Berkshire County District Attorney said this week’s fire in Sheffield, Massachusetts is now being investigated as a quadruple murder-suicide.

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Five people are confirmed dead in a Sheffield, Massachusetts fire this morning.

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Berkshire County joined a national movement this month when its district attorney implemented a no cash bail policy.

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

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The new Berkshire County District Attorney addressed an open meeting of the county’s NAACP branch Wednesday night.

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The Massachusetts State Auditor visited the new Berkshire County District Attorney today.

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After sweeping into office on a reform platform, the new Berkshire County District Attorney has a lot of promises to uphold.

After months of campaigning and two electoral victories, Andrea Harrington was sworn in as Berkshire County's district attorney Wednesday morning.

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At 10 a.m. January 2, Andrea Harrington was sworn in as Berkshire County’s new District Attorney at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. It marks the end of Paul Caccaviello’s nine and a half months in office. Appointed in mid-March after the resignation of David Capeless, Caccaviello suffered a pair of electoral losses to Harrington in September’s Democratic primary and November’s general election. At the end of nearly three decades in the DA’s office, Caccaviello spoke with WAMC.

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As it prepares for new leadership next year, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office also has a new second-in-command.

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As she prepares to take office on January 2nd, Berkshire District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington is appointing staff and her transition team.

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Fresh faces in Berkshire County politics played a significant role in Andrea Harrington’s definitive victory in Tuesday’s general election for District Attorney. WAMC reports on the people who helped steer Harrington through a bruising Democratic primary and a write-in challenge in the general.

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Democratic primary winner Andrea Harrington declared victory in the Berkshire District Attorney general election last night, capping off one of the most contentious campaigns in county history.

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Democratic primary winner Andrea Harrington is declaring victory in the general election for Berkshire District Attorney.

One of the bitterest Berkshire County elections in recent memory will be decided tomorrow.

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Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello is, once again, responding to criticism of his office’s handling of sexual assault reports at Williams College.

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A Massachusetts lawyer is involved in a public dispute with the current Berkshire District Attorney and his predecessor over the handling of sexual assault cases at Williams College.

Municipal leaders in the Berkshires are responding to criticisms made by former District Attorney David Capeless in an interview with WAMC last week.

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Some county residents say the corrosive tone of the Berkshire District Attorney race has moved from press releases and social media posts to real life.

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Seven months after his sudden retirement, former Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless continues to loom over the campaign to replace him. The race began with controversy surrounding how Capeless installed his successor, Paul Caccaviello, and hasn’t cooled down since. The Democratic primary included attacks on his 14-year tenure and even saw Capeless’ wife entering the bitter campaign.

But Capeless himself has been largely silent since stepping down in March. Until now. He spoke with WAMC Friday morning about the race. In the full interview, Capeless gives his impression of Democratic primary winner Andrea Harrington, discusses the likelihood of Caccaviello’s write-in campaign prevailing on November 6th, and more.

Over the course of the long, contentious campaign for Berkshire District Attorney, many claims have been made about the record of Democratic primary winner Andrea Harrington. WAMC went digging.

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Once again, the Berkshire District Attorney office’s handling of sexual assault cases at Williams College has emerged as a flashpoint in the campaign for DA. 

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An investigation is underway in Pittsfield, Massachusetts after a fatal stabbing.

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