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After 38 years in prison, the shackles are gone but the...

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. For nearly 38 years, every time Fred Clay left prison for a court hearing,...

Interview: Chris Burrell and the Fred Clay case

From The Takeaway, a public radio production from PRI and WNYC: In August last year, Frederick Clay was released after serving 38 years in prison...

Wrongfully jailed for 38 years, Fred Clay rebuilds his life in...

Hypnosis helped send Fred Clay to prison almost 40 years ago when police used the now-discredited technique to sharpen the fuzzy memory of a...

Aging and dying in prison

A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in...

Department Of Correction Rejects First ‘Compassionate Release’ Petition For Dying Inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has denied the medical parole request of a 31-year-old state prison inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer, the first ruling...

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...

Murder at Souza prison: Are elderly inmates at risk?

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...

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...