JONATHAN W. BLODGETT
ESSEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett was re-elected to his third term in November of 2010. Since he first took office in January of 2003, District Attorney Blodgett has been a leader in confronting a range of issues including the heroin and OxyContin epidemic, domestic violence, underage drinking, and gun violence, both through prosecution and partnerships with schools, police, and community leaders.
District Attorney Blodgett has an innovative and effective approach to fighting crime. Under his leadership, the office has a 95% conviction rate for serious felonies. He has instituted drug diversion programs and expanded juvenile and youthful diversion programs throughout the county. He instituted a special gun court in Lynn which has eliminated the backlog of gun-related cases in Lynn. His office has developed numerous prevention programs and brochures on Internet safety, bullying, underage drinking, drugs, teen dating violence, domestic violence and elder abuse. In addition, his office has expanded community partnerships to address senior citizen safety and domestic violence.
Throughout his service as Essex District Attorney, his efforts to hold criminals accountable for their actions, to provide support and service to victims of crime and to enhance public safety have been acknowledged and recognized.
Prior to taking office, District Attorney Blodgett spent 15 years in private practice as a partner in a Peabody law firm, and served as an assistant district attorney in Essex County. A member of both the Peabody High School Distinguished Career, and Athletic Hall of Fame, he received the Pride of Peabody Award from his hometown in 2004. District Attorney Blodgett is a 1976 graduate of Princeton University and earned his law degree from Suffolk University in 1983. District Attorney Blodgett lives in Peabody with his wife, Judy. They have three children, Jon, Ryan and Lauren, and a grand-daughter, Sophia.
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