CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, police department has been investigating allegations of child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred about 40 years ago. Although the case is open, the police say the investigation is at a standstill.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The Berkshire District Attorney's office said in March that it was investigating a decades-old child sexual assault case. But the office now says it misspoke.

George Perrot in a recent photo circulated by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism / Brandeis University

A Massachusetts man who was released from prison after serving 30 years for a Springfield rape he says he didn't commit is facing new charges.

AG Healey Sends Warnings To Violators Of State's 'Ban The Box' Rule

May 6, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey is warning state businesses not to unfairly discriminate against job applicants with criminal records.

Healey’s office says an investigation made public Monday found 19 businesses had violated the state’s “ban the box” law,  which bars employers from asking about criminal record information on a candidate’s initial job application.

The attorney general says the law is meant to prohibit companies from screening out people with a criminal background before they have a fair chance to go through the job process.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In our look back at news of the week, a Massachusetts judge and a court officer were charged in federal court with helping a man in the country illegally evade an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent last year. 

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said they dismantled one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI, charging 24 people in a $1.2 billion alleged scam involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment companies.

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