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One year into new rules, parole finally ends for some
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One year into new rules, parole finally ends for some
Harold Adams spent more than half a century in the state’s criminal justice system — 31 years in state prison and another 22 years out on parole in the community. He spent those two decades checking in with a parole officer at least once a month, restricted from free travel, wary of random searches and, until recently, paying $85 a month in monthly parole fees.
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From cooking behind the walls to cooking for ‘Friendsgiving’
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From cooking behind the walls to cooking for ‘Friendsgiving’
Formerly incarcerated citizens prepare holiday feast for South Boston community
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Once behind bars, these security officers now protect Nubian Square
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Once behind bars, these security officers now protect Nubian Square
On a Tuesday afternoon in Nubian Square, Will Dunn walks his beat. The tall, bearded man in sweats and a T-shirt is greeted like a local mayor, waving at drivers who slow down to honk and say hello, wrapping friends in giant bear hugs and cracking jokes.
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Effort to end life without parole in Mass. gets hearing
Life without parole sentences perpetuate the cycle of “generational poverty, violence and trauma” and must end, declared state Sen. Liz Miranda, who is sponsoring a bill in the state legislature to end the draconian practice. 
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CORI reform advocates call for changes in state law
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CORI reform advocates call for changes in state law
Advocates for access to sealing and expunging criminal records are citing progress but also continuing hurdles in the ability of Massachusetts residents to take advantage of changes in how long and under what conditions a prior offense can stay on someone’s public record.
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A bitter legacy: Author Bryan Stevenson on the lasting effects of racism in America
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A bitter legacy: Author Bryan Stevenson on the lasting effects of racism in America
Attorney Bryan Stevenson, who chronicled his defense of the unjustly convicted and condemned in his 2014 bestselling memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” gave a sold-out lecture on March 2 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Once on death row, ex-inmate helps teens
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Once on death row, ex-inmate helps teens
In a blink of an eye in 1974, an attack by whites in the middle-class town Destrehan in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, against bused-in black students from neighboring St. Rose turned Gary Tyler’s young life into a helter-skelter, leaving the public school sophomore the country’s youngest-ever death row inmate.
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Demonstrators call for prison moratorium
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Demonstrators call for prison moratorium
“Free her” was the resounding message of the broken hearts strung along the gate outside the State House on Feb. 14. Protestors had written the names of their incarcerated loved ones on the paper valentines.
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Activists seeking voter protections for inmates
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Activists seeking voter protections for inmates
Members of the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition, a group of elected officials and activists, met Monday to show support for new legislation aimed at protecting the voting rights of incarcerated residents in Massachusetts.
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Activists march against prison
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Activists march against prison
Activists and elected officials marched the three miles from the Suffolk County House of Corrections to the Massachusetts State House Monday morning in support of a moratorium on construction of a new women’s prison in Norfolk.
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She's building a network of support for women leaving incarceration
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She's building a network of support for women leaving incarceration
The door to the house stood wide open. It’s a barn-red Victorian structure, wise with age and situated on a quiet street in Roxbury. A sun-bathed backyard was visible from the wraparound front porch. The ground floor was spacious yet cozy, and a cheerful bouquet of flowers sat on the spotless granite kitchen counter. In the backyard, a group of women from a local mosque clustered around Stacey Borden.
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