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The Eye investigates the issues that shape our world.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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...

DEBT

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...

EDUCATION

NECIR investigation of college president perks wins education writers award

An investigation from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting revealing the extensive perks enjoyed by public college presidents won the top award yesterday for...

New report: Improve info sharing to lower risks at residential schools

In the wake of alleged abuses at private schools for children with mental disabilities, a new report by the state Office of the Child...

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Ocean acidification threatens Massachusetts shellfish industry

One of the bright spots in the state’s struggling fishing industry is shellfish, a lucrative crop of oysters, clams and sea scallops that generate...

Green groups oppose Massachusetts takeover of more water oversight

Why does Gov. Charlie Baker, who has proposed further cuts in environmental spending, want the state to take on even more water oversight from the federal government?

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

At an old munitions site, hikers get no warning of newfound...

A 130-acre tract of conservation land south of Boston remains largely open to public use without posted warnings despite new risks of unexploded munitions...

New laws leave voters to navigate maze of requirements

Since the last presidential election in 2012, states passed dozens of new voting requirements, particularly regarding photo IDs.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Embattled Mental Health Provider Faces New Fine From OSHA

The federal agency that monitors workplace dangers has issued a $207,000 fine against a private psychiatric hospital in Lowell for failing to protect its...

Pembroke Hospital cuts psychiatric beds after staffing criticism

A for-profit psychiatric hospital that’s faced repeated criticism has reduced its patient capacity by more than a third.