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Imagine losing your home and all your equity because you failed to pay a $500 water or sewer bill. As dozens of cities and towns in Massachusetts turn to for-profit companies to go after delinquent taxpayers and balance their books,...

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Lawmakers grapple with solutions to peril of tax liens (Pt. 3)

Critics of a state law that allows cities and towns in Massachusetts to sell tax lien debt to private investment companies have been calling...

Renters face eviction in wake of tax lien foreclosures (Pt. 2)

Renters aren’t responsible for paying the property taxes or water and sewer bills. Their monthly rent helps cover those costs, but it’s up to...

‘These are reviews on victims of human trafficking’

Websites offer content written by customers of erotic massage parlors, making it easy to find sex traffickers. But prosecution is complex. by Jenifer McKim and...

Sheriff Office sued for alleged prisoner mistreatment

Three inmates with mental illnesses filed a lawsuit against staff at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office this week alleging they were treated to “extremely...

Massachusetts man released on bail 32 years after 1986 murder conviction...

BROCKTON — Darrell Jones walked out of a courthouse Thursday afternoon after his release on bail more than 30 years after being convicted for...

After 30 years denying he was a murderer, Darrell Jones will...

Darrell Jones has steadfastly maintained his innocence in a murder that has kept him in prison for more than three decades. On Tuesday, on...

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Jailhouse Suicides

Why are twice as many inmates at county jails killing themselves, compared to state or federal prison, in Massachusetts?

Think Tanks

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their researchers often push the agendas of corporate donors in Washington.

Wayward Prosecutors

What happens to Massachusetts prosecutors who violate defendants’ rights to a fair trial? Very little, we’ve found.

Reasonable Doubts

Darrell Jones at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. (Photo: Jesse Costa for WBUR)

How a videotape gap, a frazzled defense and alleged pressure on witnesses may have tainted the murder trial of a Boston man.

Child Fatalities

With 110 deaths in five years from abuse and neglect, has Massachusetts has failed to protect its most vulnerable?

College Bloat


Universities have hired administrators at a rate that vastly outpaces increases in enrollment and faculty hiring.

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