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Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses marking the graves of nearly 90 inmates. The makeshift crosses in this state-owned cemetery bear no...

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Radio: Old and dying in Massachusetts prisons, Pt. 2

Part 2 in a series: Dying behind bars is a bleak fate,  but a new Massachusetts law gives some very ill and old prisoners...

The high cost of seriously ill inmates

Raymond Wallace is likely one of the most expensive county jail inmates in Massachusetts ever. The 41-year-old detainee has been awaiting trial and held on...

Radio: Old and dying in Massachusetts prisons, Pt. 1

Part 1 in a series: Long sentences with little or no chance of parole mean prisoners in Massachusetts —  locked up for decades — are now getting...

Jury clears former inmate in 1982 rape, awards him $5 million...

More than 35 years after Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham, a jury on Tuesday found the gourmet food...

New National Data Shows ‘Crisis’ Of Elder Abuse

The federal government is trying for the first time to estimate how many senior citizens nationwide are the victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation...

Former inmate seeks compensation after conviction vacated

Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham in April 1982, a horrific crime he always insisted he didn’t commit. Three years...

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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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