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A report from the MBA urges Governor Charlie Baker to adopt new guidelines that would prioritize clemency for victims of domestic violence, those convicted at a very young age, and those who are now elderly, frail, or chronically ill.

State parole board, clemency process need reform

The Massachusetts Bar Association makes the case for more “justice” at the end of the criminal justice pipeline.

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White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci listen as President Trump speaks at a coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 20, 2020.

Let’s hear the truth, for once, from former Trump officials

To prevent history from repeating itself, the disastrous US response to COVID-19 requires a post-mortem that is above politics.

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A voter submits a ballot in an official drop box during early voting in Athens, Ga., Oct. 19, 2020. A new Georgia law, among other constraints on voting, restricts the availability of drop boxes for absentee ballots.

MLB, corporate leaders wake up to assault on voting rights

The question remains: What’s the long-term plan to protect the citizens of Georgia and other states threatened with disenfranchisement?

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On Tuesday, mourners gathered at a makeshift memorial for the eight people who were killed on March 21 during attacks on three Atlanta-area spas.

Massachusetts’ hate crimes law needs an update

Recent attacks underscore the need for stronger deterrents to crimes motivated by bias.

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Decades of research show the costs of segregation are enormous. Academic performance suffers. Adult earnings, too. And students of all races miss out on vital opportunities to prepare for life in an increasingly multicultural society.

Time for state lawmakers to act on school integration

A decades-old problem is still a problem. And possibly worse.

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Misdemeanor charges are too often applied unfairly — is that broken tail light and lapsed license a crime or another case of “driving while Black”?

Cutting low-level offenders a break really works

A study shows DA Rollins’s policy on dealing with misdemeanors makes the community safer.

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A Lebanese health worker prepares a shot of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in Beirut on March 29.

No more drama in communicating about vaccine effectiveness

A flap between AstraZeneca and public health officials offered a case study in what not to do to maintain public confidence.

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Sophia Moon sits with her four-year-old daughter Ariana Sophia Crowson on her first day of remote learning as a Boston Public Schools pre-kindergartener in September.

The path to universal pre-kindergarten

Boston’s next mayor must see through the expansion and improvement of early childhood education.