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Christopher Burrell

Christopher Burrell
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Christopher Burrell is a reporter with The Eye and WGBH Radio.

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...

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...

Challenging the Massachusetts Bail System, One Arrestee at a Time

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...

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...