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Former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan has served her sentence for falsifying drug evidence, resulting in dismissal of nearly 24,000 cases. (Pinterest/Truth Kings)

BOSTON – It was big news when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week dismissed more than 20,000 drug cases due to misconduct by a former chemist at the state crime lab, but local legal advocates warn the collateral damage will continue. Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for A

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

A legal case pending in Massachusetts could set a nationwide precedent for sanctuary cities, even as they are threatened with funding cuts by the Trump administration. (Alex Shure/ACLU Mass.)

BOSTON – Amherst, Cambridge and Northampton are among the Massachusetts cities now under threat of losing federal funding for grants and programs because of their sanctuary city stance. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the threat to divert billions of dollars away from s

It's being called a novel approach - a legislative caucus says it relied on listening sessions with hundreds of community members to figure out which bills they should support. (MA Black and Latino Caucus)

BOSTON -- A new legislative agenda ties neighborhood concerns to bills pending at the State House. State Rep. Russell Holmes, D-Dorchester, called it a first. Holmes, the chair of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, said the new legislative agenda is unique because it is the result of liste

Advocates who resettle refugees in Massachusetts say the number expected to arrive in the days remaining before President Trump's travel ban goes into effect is likely to double. (International Institute of New England)

BOSTON – As soon as President Donald Trump signed the latest travel ban, international relief agencies stepped up their efforts – nearly doubling the number of refugees headed for New England, according to Jeff Thielman, CEO of the International Institute of New England. Thielman says

Supporters of the transgender community will rally this weekend in Boston ahead of the presidential inauguration to show support for gains made by the LGBTQ community. (Jane Doe, Inc.)

BOSTON – With just one week to go before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, members of the LGBTQ community will be out in force this weekend in Boston for what organizers call the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally. Michelle Tat, an executive committee member with the Massachusetts Tra

The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)

BOSTON -- A court will decide Monday whether three Bay Staters will get to cast a ballot on Election Day. It's part of a bigger challenge to the Commonwealth's 20-day voter registration cutoff law. Legislative counsel Gavie Wolfe with the ACLU of Massachusetts said the courts take voting rights ver

Faith and civil rights leaders responded (Thursday) to a lawsuit filed on behalf of four Massachusetts churches that says the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate core beliefs. (AxelBoldt/wikimedia)

BOSTON – Faith and civil rights leaders responded to the lawsuit filed on behalf of four local churches that allege the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate their core beliefs. The law took effect on Oct. 1 and allows, among other things, people to use the bathro

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