Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Reviewing The Annie Dookhan Drug Lab Crisis


Many questions remain unresolved in the new year about the legal ramifications of the falsifying of tests done on drug evidence at the now closed Hinton State Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain.

Hundreds of people have been released from state custody because of questions about the reliability of evidence against them. Annie Dookhan, the chemist blamed for the scandal, pleaded guilty in November to falsifying evidence and began serving a prison sentence of at least 3 years.

WBUR’s Deborah Becker has been reporting on the scandal all year. Listen to her review of the case.


Annie Dookhan Pleads Guilty; Gets 3-5 Years In Prison


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