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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
| 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.
| 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
| 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?
| May 24, 2007
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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| March 22, 2006
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