CRIMINAL JUSTICE

High ranking members of the Colombian National Police found themselves in Exeter, N.H., in the spring of 2009. They were there to visit arms maker Sig Sauer, which had just secured a contract worth up to $306 million to provide Colombian law enforcement with nearly 100,000 pistols. 

Outgoing governor Dannel Malloy has received mixed reviews over the last eight years. His approval rating has made him one of the least popular governors in state history. But many see the democratic governor’s changes to the criminal justice system as his greatest success. 

In a windowless classroom at the John J. Moran medium-security prison in Cranston, R.I., three men sit around a table to share how and when they began using opioids.

For Josh, now 39, it was when he was just 13 years old. "I got grounded for a week in my house, so I grabbed a bundle of heroin and just sat inside and sniffed it all week."

"I started using heroin at 19," says Ray, now 23. "I was shooting it. It was with a group of friends that I was working with, doing roof work."

Springfield, Massachusetts, police officer Gregg Bigda, left, and former Springfield detective Steven Vigneault, right.
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Two Springfield police officers, one current and one former, are facing federal charges in connection with a 2016 incident, involving two Latino juveniles. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, police officer Gregg Bigda, left, and former Springfield detective Steven Vigneault, right.
Don Treeger / Dave Roback / The Republican // masslive.com/photos

Updated at 4:25 p.m.

A federal indictment alleges two Springfield, Massachusetts, police officers used excessive force during the arrests of two Latino teenagers in 2016. The officers have pleaded not guilty.

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