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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Boston Residents To Discuss Lab Scandal Fallout

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BOSTON — Civil rights activists, criminal justice advocates and attorneys will discuss the local impact of the state drug lab scandal at a town hall meeting in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon.

Chemist Annie Dookhan is accused of falsifying results at the now-closed state drug testing facility. Officials say she may have compromised 34,000 cases — including 27,000 in Suffolk County, which includes Boston’s neighborhood of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. As many as 600 inmates in Suffolk County could be released.

Organizer Jamarhl Crawford expects dozens of people to attend the meeting at the Dudley Library on Warren Street. Crawford says participants are expected to discuss the implications of the scandal, redress for those affected, and fears of mass releases of prisoners returning to the city.

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