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The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008

Providence city solicitor organizes for AG run in 2010

While Rhode Island’s statewide election in 2010 remains more than 30 months away, we can expect to see a heightened level of organizing among potential candidates in 2008.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 02, 2008

Clampdown at the Providence Police Department

At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 31, 2007

Providence: safer than you think?

Every year, as summer approaches in US cities, violent crime spikes as predictably as the arrival of Memorial Day cookouts.
Violent crime is down, unlike in many us cities. Can the good news last?
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2007

Car wars

As part of its effort to bring Providence into the modern era of professionalized government, the Cicilline administration wants your quarters — lots of them.
A good parking place is hard to find downtown—and with more meters, it will cost you  
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 26, 2007

The best and worst of David Cicilline

As he heads into the home stretch of his first term, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline couldn’t have asked for a better seal of approval.
With only token opposition this fall, the Providence mayor has serious triumphs and challenges
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006


Licensing board sides with Kent in club dispute

In a decision signaling a victory for downtown nightlife, the Providence Board of Licenses this week repudiated the Providence Police Department’s allegation that Club Diesel represents a disorderly house.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 07, 2006


In the latest extended drama over Providence nightlife, the city is expected to soon conclude its case against Club Diesel, paving the way for the lawyers representing nightclub impresario Michael Kent to offer their side of the dispute.
Diesel’s lawyers prepare to present their case
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 19, 2006

Cops vs. clubs

When the Congress for the New Urbanism stages a national conference in downtown Providence in June, the offerings ought to include a discussion session titled, “The Renaissance City: A Case Study in How to Not Handle Nightlife.”
Rather than doing a better job of managing nightlife, Providence tries to squelch it
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 29, 2006

Providence police try to lower the boom on Club Diesel

In the first of what promises to be a lengthy and sometimes contentious series of hearings, lawyers representing Club Diesel squared off at City Hall on March 15 against counterparts speaking for the Providence Police Department.
City watch
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  March 22, 2006