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Police brace for release of violent convicts in drug cases

As thousands of criminal convictions are being questioned because of suspected evidence tampering in a state drug lab, police and prosecutors are grappling with how to keep communities safe as sentences are stayed and defendants are released from state custody.

Their concerns were highlighted this week when a convicted felon with a 10-page criminal record that includes rape and assault charges ­became a fugitive after failing to ­appear at a scheduled court hearing Thursday. Another man who once shot at two police officers was ­released this week.

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