CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Gavel.
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The fallout from a scandal involving the state drug lab in Amherst, Massachusetts, may be nearing an end, but not before even more affected cases are identified.

Jasiel Correia II, the 26-year-old Democratic mayor of Fall River, was charged Thursday with defrauding investors in his company of hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to finance a “lavish lifestyle” that included a Mercedes-Benz, designer clothing and adult entertainment.

Before the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center opened, people in the city fresh out of prison didn’t have one central place where they could find housing, counseling or even a clean, safe place to use the bathroom. Now, they do. The center - located in City Hall -  is a partnership between Community Partners in Action, the City of Hartford, the Department of Corrections and more than 40 local organizations.

Mike Earielo in Worcester, Massachusetts, says of himself, "Gang member, drug dealer, sold drugs, used drugs. My life was really spiraling out of control from a very early age."
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

In Massachusetts, two-thirds of offenders who are incarcerated have been in prison or jail before. One program in Worcester has been serving ex-prisoners who are coming back home, in an effort to bring the rate down.

Stewart Weldon of Springfield, Massachusetts, being led into the courtroom at Hampden Superior Court. He's accused of killing three women and assaulting many more.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A Springfield, Massachusetts, man has pleaded not guilty to killing three women whose bodies were discovered at his home. 

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