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Campuses report 901 cases of sexual misconduct

IN 2020, there were 901 reports of sexual misconduct on Massachusetts college campuses, of which two-thirds involved allegations between students, according to a new report released by the Department of Higher Education. In January 2021, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses. The law required campuses to provide […]

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Governor’s councilors seem supportive of Jubinville nomination 

THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL on Wednesday considered one of their own – Councilor Robert Jubinville – as a nominee for a clerk magistrate’s job. The half-hour hearing was mainly a lovefest, although one councilor, Marilyn Devaney, raised concerns about the apparent conflict of interest posed by Jubinville’s nomination.  Councilor Chris Iannella, who chaired the hearing, echoed the […]

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DOC accepts sweeping settlement on mental health care for prisoners

THE MASSACHUSETTS Department of Correction will have to completely transform the mental health care it provides to inmates, under a settlement the department reached with the US Department of Justice on Tuesday.   More than two years ago, the Justice Department issued a scathing report finding that the Department of Correction violated its constitutional obligations by […]

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Baker officials slammed for criminal justice reform compliance

LEADERS OF THE Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and prisoners’ advocates at a hearing Tuesday slammed the outgoing administration of Gov. Charlie Baker for failing to properly implement the 2018 criminal justice reform law and failing to answer questions about implementation. The committee requested detailed information from Baker officials and county sheriffs about how they are implementing […]

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SJC rules physician-assisted suicide is illegal 

THE MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION does not protect a right to physician-assisted suicide, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, leaving it up to the Legislature to decide a controversial end-of-life issue that has spawned more than a decade of impassioned debate and years of litigation.   “Although we recognize the paramount importance and profound significance of all […]