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By Jenifer B. McKim and K. Sophie Will William S. Sires, a 72-year-old convicted murderer, was walking with a cane in a maximum-security prison in Shirley when he was ambushed and killed by other inmates nearly four years ago. Sires was...

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Interview: A Prison Murder

Newly obtained video of the gruesome murder of a 72-year-old inmate at a state prison is raising questions about whether older, ill and disabled...

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...

With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix

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...

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...

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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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