‘Community justice’ advocates say Bellows Falls ordinance no way to fight drug crime – Brattleboro Reformer

A new public nuisance ordinance in Rockingham (AKA Bellows Falls) targets everything from drug houses to unpainted buildings. It’s not the best way to fight drug addiction, some local advocates say.

"The Rockingham Select Board unanimously approved the proposal, despite suggestions that there are better strategies for addressing drug activity. Laura Schairbaum, project director of Greater Falls Connections, and Suzanne Belleci, director of the Greater Bellows Falls Restorative Justice Center, both urged the board to consider a more collaborative approach to dealing with the problem of addiction.

The nuisance ordinance is designed to give the town, along with its two major villages — Bellows Falls and Saxtons River — a tool to address problems such as houses and businesses that are blighted by piles of garbage, junk cars, dilapidated structures and unkempt lawns.


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