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The new criminal justice law Governor Baker signed last week could prevent hundreds of small-time defendants from spending time in Massachusetts prisons just because they can’t scrape together a few hundred dollars for bail. Bail is designed to be an...

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Suicides on the rise at Massachusetts prisons, jails

Fourteen inmates died by suicide in Massachusetts prisons and jails in 2017, the highest such number of deaths since 2014, according to state and...

Bristol County report on suicide deaths leaves out key details

Nine months ago Kellie Pearson was driving in Fall River when she got a frantic call from her daughter telling her to call the...

Lawsuits add up over Bristol County jail inmate suicides

Barbara Kice wants justice for her son, who hanged himself in 2015 in the Bristol County House of Correction. The jail, all by itself,...

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...

Tax Lien Law Haunts Massachusetts Property Owners (Pt. 1)

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...

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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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