Crime

The Business Case for Legalizing Weed in Rhode Island

There are many reasons the tiny state should rush to be the first on the East Coast to make the sale of recreational pot legal.

Why We Say 'Car Accident,' and Why We Need to Stop

The term suggests fatal crashes are inevitable and beyond our control—they're not.

How Katrina Sparked Reform in a Troubled Police Department

New Orleans' force, once a national symbol of corruption and dysfunction, has become a model for change.

Future Jails May Look and Function More Like Colleges

A look at the push to design correctional facilities for rehabilitation rather than punishment.

A Shooting on Live TV in Roanoke

A reporter and a cameraman for CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke were killed. The gunman, who the station said was a former employee, shot himself hours later.

The Coming Storm Over 'Stingray' Surveillance by Police

The technology is being deployed in secret by departments across the country, according to a recent investigative report.

The Key Ingredient in Stop-and-Frisk Reform: Open Data

You can't fix what you don't understand.

Private Conflict, Not Broken Windows

Why community policing should focus on helping to resolve personal and domestic disputes, not signs of physical decay.

The Danger in Recording a Cop

Not all U.S. federal courts have fully backed the right to record police activity. And that matters when it comes to the potential for retaliation.

A Death, Protests, and Arrests in St. Louis

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the killing by officers of an 18-year-old black man.

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.

New York Picks a Fight With Panhandlers and Puppets

Mayor de Blasio announced a tentative plan to purge Times Square of its “aggressive” costumed characters.

Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.

Videos

A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is on a mission to make his city safer.

An Explosion in Bangkok

Local news reports say at least 19 people are dead and dozens injured.

Do Outdoor Smoking Bans Mostly Punish the Homeless?

Providence, Rhode Island, is considering banning smoking throughout its downtown business district. But critics worry it’s a pretext to force homeless people out of public parks and plazas.

Another Police Shooting in Ferguson

On the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting, officers critically wounded another black man.

Why Baltimore Leaders Are Fighting Over a Milwaukee-Inspired Homicide Commission

A similar program has been credited with reducing gun violence in Wisconsin, but Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been accused of effectively killing it.

The Murder of Kitty Genovese and the Myth of the Heartless City

The crime could have endured as a tale of urban activism rather than one of apathy.

Talking to My Son About Street Harassment

Young women experience the problem early on. Young men should learn about it, too.