Mayor Domenic Sarno is looking to turn it around, meeting with city officials every other Tuesday at Juvenile Court, following up on their public safety initiative.
Discussing why certain people are allowed back on the street after they’d been taken into custody. “Many times these individuals have been arrested, and released, for whatever rhyme or reason, they’ll be released, or below bail, and they’ll reoffend,” Mayor Sarno said. “We’re vested, and also, based upon our experience, we keep an open mind, because a lot of things that present one way initially, may be something else,” added William Boyle, 1st Justice of Springfield District Court.
In fact, Mayor Sarno acknowledges that the city has the busiest district court in the commonwealth, and funding is low.
However, he states that some cases that end up making into superior court, end up having their sentences reduced. Still, they are pursuing other policing initiatives, and preventative measures.
Over the summer, Mayor Sarno also commissioned the state police community action team to patrol some community hot spots. Since then, they say they’ve already seen a difference. “Here’s the thing. Can we continue to sustain it? What happens when you put the heat on some hot spot areas, they move somewhere else,” he said.
In order to address long term solutions, Judge Boyle says they can start to be achieved by addressing issues surrounding education, employment, and substance abuse.