NWDA releases 2017 Annual Report


Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is pleased to share the Office’s 2017 Annual Report.

It includes descriptions of the NWDA’s ongoing initiatives, its units and departments, brief summaries of significant cases resolved and key facts and figures.  

For example, in 2017, district court attorneys handled 15,421 cases in four district courts in Northampton, Belchertown, Greenfield and Orange, while superior court attorneys obtained indictments in 150 new cases in Hampshire and Franklin Superior Courts and resolved 108 cases by way of trial, plea or other disposition.

in Hampshire County, victim witness advocates assisted 1,392 victims, 916 witnesses and 2 family members in 2017. In Franklin County, advocates assisted 978 victims, 482 witnesses and 8 family members.

State Police detectives assigned to the office handled 581 cases and investigated 281 unattended deaths.

Among other highlights DA Sullivan mentions in his message to readers, he cites the NWDA’s work with community partners to address the opioid crisis. In 2017, he notes, there was a 38 percent decrease in opioid fatalities in the Northwestern District of Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol. 

“The hallmark of our success,” Sullivan writes, “continues to be our emphasis on smart and fair prosecutions, progressive prevention initiatives and outstanding victim assistance.”

We hope you’ll find the report, which features the beautiful new Franklin County Justice Center on the cover, to be a valuable source of information throughout the year.