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A Springfield police vehicle. (Elizabeth Román/NEPM)

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Mar 24, 2023

In update a year after federal agreement, Springfield police now has a use of force review panel

This week, the Springfield City Council received updates on how the city’s police department is working to abide by a consent decree with federal authorities. While some improvements have been made, like the creation of a panel tasked with reviewing use of force, the police commission said it needs a...

Following a spate of vandalism, Portsmouth organized 'Love Blooms Here,' an event where flowers were left with impacted businesses and Temple Israel. (Dan Tuohy/NHPR)

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Mar 1, 2023

N.H. AG’s pursuit of hate group marks a turning point in officials’ response to extremism

In what’s believed to be a first of its kind case in New Hampshire, the Attorney General’s office is pursuing a civil action against the Nationalist Social Club, or NSC-131, a Neo-Nazi group whose presence is on the rise in New England.

Seize and Keep

In Massachusetts, prosecutors can hold money confiscated during civil forfeiture indefinitely, even when criminal charges have been dismissed. (Sophie Morse for WBUR)


09:34 Aug 18, 2021

It's easy for police to seize money. Worcester's district attorney makes it hard to get it back

Under Massachusetts' civil forfeiture system, police can confiscate property they suspect is part of a drug crime and prosecutors could hold it indefinitely, even when criminal charges have been dismissed. Trying to get money back is so onerous, legal experts say it may violate due process rights.

Dying On The Sheriff's Watch

An inmate walks down one of the hallways of Worcester County jail. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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10:40 Mar 23, 2020

Part 1: When Inmates Die Of Poor Medical Care, Jails Often Keep It Secret

A WBUR investigation found that when people suffered from dire medical conditions in Massachusetts jails, they were often ignored and mistrusted, with fatal consequences. Here’s part one of “Dying on the Sheriff’s Watch.”

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