On Friday, July 17, elected officials from Western Massachusetts, including Senator Jim Welch, Representatives Bud Williams, José Tosado, and Carlos González, presenting a large check to C3 representatives for $50,000.
This check came as a part of the $43 billion in funding approved by the 2019 MA Senate for the Commonwealth for the Fiscal Year of 2020. The $50,000 was provided for the New North Citizens Council to continue its C3 and E3 police management in the Springfield Police Department’s anti-gang and community policing program.
Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield) secured the funding through a state budget amendment allowing the money to be shared between the C3 units in the North End, South End/Metro area, Mason Square area, and the Forest Park neighborhood.
The Springfield Police Department and Massachusetts State Police C3 teams facilitate unity of effort and criminal intelligence gathering by, with, and through interagency, community, and private enterprise cooperation in order to detect, disrupt, degrade and dismantle criminal activity.
The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 2, 2020, passed a $1.7 billion General Government Bond Bill focused on capital improvements to improve government infrastructure, empower communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system, support early education and care providers with safe reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expand equitable access to remote learning opportunities for vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth.
Included in the funding Senator Welch secured for his district is:
$1.5 million to complete a comprehensive study of the physical and societal barriers in accessing justice.
This study will evaluate:
Access to counsel services;
Post-incarceration rehabilitation programs;
Job assistance programs for previously incarcerated individuals; and
Violence prevention, youth development and education programs.
$325,000 for state of the art environmental testing of the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse and Hampden county juvenile court.
Examine the health and safety of the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse and Hampden county juvenile court – a building which has generated concern in the community as causing illness among its workers and frequent visitors.