The field of candidates vying for chance at the Berkshire District Attorney's seat just got bigger.

Local Attorney Judith Knight will join defense attorney Andrea Harrington and current District Attorney Paul Caccaviello, in the upcoming September 4th Democratic Primary for the top prosecutors seat. Tuesday, Knight announced that she had collected the necessary certified signatures to officially be named to the ballot.

According to her campaign Knight has over 30 years criminal justice experience. She was a prosecutor in Middlesex County for five years, which has one of the highest crime rate in Massachusetts. In addition, she has been a prominent Defense Attorney in Berkshire County for over 25 years.

This is not Knight's first time on the ballot, she also ran in 2006 against then incumbent District Attorney David Capeless.  Echoing sentiments from her previous campaign,  Knight said she favors alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders, especially young and first-time offenders, suggesting that those sentences could include community service along with supervised probation instead of incarceration.

People, especially young people who find themselves caught up in the system — either for drug addiction or some other stupid move that they've done — if there isn't violence involved, they will be better off, I think, in an alternative sentence

Judith Knight

via The Berkshire Eagle

According to The Berkshire Eagle, Knight will host two upcoming meet and greets. The first, from 2 to 4 p.m. Today at Dottie's Coffee Lounge on North Street in Pittsfield, and then May 23rd from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Purple Pub on Spring Street in Williamstown.

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