In an effort to stem armed violence, the district attorney in Bristol County, Mass., has adopted a policy of holding “dangerousness hearings” in almost all cases involving guns, the Boston Globe reports. District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter has requested the hearings in 58 cases in which guns were involved, and in 45 of them, suspects were detained up to 90 days.
The paper says the new tack seems to be having an effect. Gun violence and reports of gun violence have seen double-digit drops in the three Bristol County cities since January, when Sutter took office. “We’ve pushed the envelope,” Sutter said. “We haven’t had a 100-percent success rate, but we certainly are pushing it.”