Annie Dookhan

Jailed T&T-born Massachusetts state chemist released on parole

T&T-born former Massachusetts state chemist, Annie Dookhan, whose faulty testing of evidence led to widespread issues in the criminal justice system, has been released from prison on parole.

Dookhan, who had worked at the Department of Public Health, pleaded guilty in November 2013 to charges including perjury, evidence tampering, and obstruction of justice for falsifying drug tests in criminal investigations.

Some three 300 prisoners had their cases thrown out as a result of her actions, which prosecutors believe may have affected up to 40,000 cases.