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Alex Green describes the grand columned entryway of the Dr. William F. McLaughlin administration building, the last dilapitated building left of the formee Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mass. Locked Up People With Mental Illness For Decades. Now Advocates Want Their Stories Told

For many years, people with disabilities and mental illness in Massachusetts were locked away in state institutions to be kept separate from the rest of society. Now some advocates and families are supporting a commission to reckon with the way patients were treated and the abuses they endured.

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