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How Hampden County Is Working To Prevent Inmate Suicides

As county jails in Massachusetts see increasing numbers of inmate suicides, critics are calling for more state oversight of county sheriffs who run the...

County Jails Have Turned Into Psychiatric Hospitals, Sheriffs Say

In many county jails in Massachusetts, more than half the inmates struggle with some form of mental illness. County sheriffs say their jails have...

Why Is The Suicide Rate In Bristol County Jails So High?

As the number of suicides in county jails continues to rise, one county is playing an outsized role: Bristol. There are 13 counties in the...

Suicides in County Jails Are All Too Common

You don’t land in county jail with a death sentence. The maximum stretch is 2 ½ years. But for inmates locked up in county-run...

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...

Mass AG settles with two who allegedly misled elderly in reverse...

Dolores Rush of Quincy wishes she never obtained a so-called reverse mortgage on her three-bedroom family home. She and her now-deceased husband had paid...

Scant discipline follows prosecutors’ impropriety in Massachusetts

In 2012, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found “egregious prosecutorial misconduct” after an assistant district attorney withheld evidence a judge had ordered him to produce for the...

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 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.

FEATURED INVESTIGATIONS

Child Fatalities

Shining light on child abuse and neglect deaths

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With 110 child abuse and neglect deaths in five years, a third of them under the watch of the Massachusetts DCF, the state is failing to protect its most vulnerable. Our investigation reveals the ways the government has failed to learn from this tragic toll.

Genetic Testing

How much should you know?

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From prenatal to psychiatry, genetic testing holds the promise of personalized medicine. But our investigations have revealed an industry with oversold claims, misunderstood findings, and potential conflicts of interest.

Reasonable Doubts

The case of Darrell Jones

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How a videotape gap, a frazzled defense and alleged pressure on witnesses may have tainted the trial of Darrell Jones, a man who has spent 30 years in prison for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit.

Administrative Bloat

The evolution of the American university

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Universities have hired administrators at a rate that vastly outpaces increases in enrollment and faculty hiring, all during times of purported belt-tightening and increased appeals for government funding.

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