Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

New Tally: 325 People Released Amid Mass. Drug Lab Crisis


BOSTON — Slightly more than half of the people with criminal charges affected by the state drug lab crisis have been released from incarceration, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.

According to the official state tally as of June 2013:

  • 325 people have been released
  • The state has identified a total of 588 cases to review involving defendants in custody
  • Of the 325 people released, six are back in custody

The last official tally released in February showed 286 people had been released.


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March 5, 2014

SJC Sets ‘Presumption’ Of Misconduct In Dookhan-Related Guilty Pleas

BOSTON — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that defendants seeking to withdraw guilty pleas because their cases were handled by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan must indicate they would have insisted on a trial if they knew about her malfeasance.

March 4, 2014

Dookhan Was Drug Lab’s ‘Sole Bad Actor,’ Report Says

BOSTON — “However … deficiencies at the Drug Lab created an atmosphere that allowed for [Annie] Dookhan to commit her crimes,” the state inspector general wrote in his review.

February 21, 2014

Boston Doctor Chosen For New National Effort To Reform Forensic Testing

BOSTON — With the Massachusetts Inspector General expected to release his report on the state drug lab crisis any day now, a local doctor is part of a new national effort to reform forensic testing.