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Reporting to expose injustice in prisons, crime and courts.

The story of Lawyer Johnson

Johnson's plight was part of the reason the Massachusetts legislature passed a law to compensate the wrongly convicted.

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...

WCVB Chronicle: NECIR investigation of Darrell Jones conviction

Anthony Everett of WCVB Chronicle reports on what a year-long investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered about the murder conviction...

In swift retrial, Darrell Jones acquitted of 1985 Brockton murder

Darrell Jones is a free man. The 52-year-old man walked out of Plymouth County Superior Court on Tuesday after being found not guilty in his...

NECIR report prompts call for action against for-profit debt firms

Today, a Boston Globe editorial called for action against for-profit debt firms. NECIR's story on these companies shed light on the possible consequences of pending legislation. Legislation on for-profit debt firms has already been approved by the House and now awaits its fate in the Senate.

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 bill would end payment cap for wrongful conviction in Massachusetts

The proposed legislation would eliminate a cap on damages and provide immediate funds for those likely to win their claim against the state.

After 38 years in prison, old shackles are gone but new...

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,...

NECIR Investigation finds no pattern of racial profiling in disorderly conduct...

When Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent Harvard professor of African-American studies, was arrested for disorderly conduct by a white Cambridge police officer last summer, President Obama led a chorus of critics denouncing the local police department.

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