Globe investigation examines why some men serving life sentences under defunct law should be freed

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This is the Radio Boston rundown for April 7. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team found at least 23 men — nearly all of whom are Black or Hispanic — are serving life in prison without parole because someone died during a felony act they were convicted of committing. None of the men killed the victims. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned the law that allowed for their life sentences in 2017, but the high court didn't overturn their sentences. We're joined by one of the men, Jabir Pope, and his lawyer, Jeff Harris. Then, we hear more about the investigation from Meghan Irons and Mark Arsenault, of the Globe's Spotlight team.
  • As runners get ready to race the Boston Marathon in a little more than a week, the Boston Athletic Association announced those running under Russian or Belarusian flags will not be allowed to participate this year. We check in on this news with WBUR's Alex Ashlock.

This program aired on April 7, 2022.


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