Crime

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Are Mobile Crime Alerts Making You Racist?

Citizens want details on crime in their neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies are giving it to them. But there is such a thing as too much information.

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Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting

The city's "scarlet letter" system joins a long line of policies designed to embarrass. But do they work?

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The Sorry State of 'Good Samaritan' Laws

Whether you can safely help a stranger during a crisis largely depends on where you live.

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White Privilege, on a Bicycle

The perils of "biking while black" came into sharp focus this month.

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Poll: Police Are Still Incredibly Popular

Even after widespread protests over police brutality and racial profiling, a majority of the public thinks cops are doing well "protecting the safety and rights of minorities."

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To Reduce Gun Violence, Know Thy Neighbor

How a sense of community can help stop a bullet.

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The Perils of Excessive Policing, in Both the U.S. and France

Neither country can afford to let the recent attacks in Paris distort the policy debate on the role of law enforcement.  

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The Restaurant of Second Chances

Acclaimed Dallas chef Chad Houser opens a permanent home for Café Momentum, giving on-the-job training to young offenders.

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Taiwan's Rivers Are Flowing with the Drug Ecstasy

Scientists are pointing the finger at a giant music festival.

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Chicago's Gangster Past, Minus the Romance

A collection of photographs from the Chicago Tribune archives rejects spectacle in favor of brutal, messy truth.

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The NYPD's Biggest Problem Might Actually Be an Overreliance on Numbers

A recent survey of retired New York City police officers suggests the department's culture has shifted toward data manipulation.

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Paris, Locked Down

With a manhunt still underway, the city's usual bustle has been replaced with a sense of shock and heightened security.

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The NYPD's Insubordination—and Why the Right Should Oppose It

The virtual work stoppage unfolding in New York City illustrates one of several ways that powerful police unions can threaten public safety as they seek political leverage.

New Orleans Residents Post Homemade Signs Warning Pedestrians Not to Walk Alone

A perceived uptick in violent crime has the French Quarter begging for more police.

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How Many Cops Die in the Line of Duty Each Year?

A new report shows that the number of annual shooting deaths of American police officers has increased.

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2014's Biggest Winner Was Marijuana

This year saw support for medical and recreational weed grow all over the country. The smoke is still clearing on what it all means.

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Two Architects of Broken Windows Policing Go On the Defensive

William Bratton and George Kelling say the critics just don't understand.

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The NYC Police Union Has a Long History of Bullying City Hall

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have attacked and often slandered every recent mayor, even those who prided themselves on being crime fighters.

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The Holiday Spike in Domestic Abuse

It's not new, and it's getting worse this year.

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Inside the High-Stakes Effort to Stop Murder in New Orleans

Three years ago, the violence-stricken city bet big on a data-focused approach funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. When will we know if it's working?