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October 13, 2012

ACLU: Release non-violent inmates tied to state lab crisis

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“The fact of the conviction can continue to affect their lives outside the world of the criminal justice system,” Segal said after writing in the letter that reprosecuting cases might be “worthwhile” if there was evidence that the “war on drugs” had positive effects on the lives of criminals and society.

While the ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums were focused on state drug convictions, federal court Judge Mark Wolf told the Boston Globe Thursday that a team of court officials have determined that Dookhan handled samples in more than 100 cases at the federal district court level.

Wolf also told the newspaper that 500 other cases involved samples tested at the Hinton Lab during the time Dookhan worked there, potentially compromising those convictions as well. There are also an unknown number of federal sentences that may have been based on state-level convictions that are now being thrown out, the judge said.

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