Crime

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Auut Studio

A Comprehensive Map of American Lynchings

The practice wasn’t limited to the South, as this new visualization of racial violence in the Jim Crow era proves.

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Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Mapping the Drone War Over Pakistan

The controversial campaign of U.S. drone strikes has been intensely focused on small northern Pakistani communities near the Afghan border.

Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

The Fading Dream of a Borderless Europe

Six states in Europe’s normally passport-free Schengen Area have brought back passport controls. So what’s coming next?

L.A. Metro

The L.A. Metro Gets a First-of-Its-Kind Sexual Harassment Hotline

The 24/7 call center, staffed by professional counselors, is meant for riders who’ve experienced groping, fondling, and indecent exposure.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work

About 70 million Americans have criminal records, and some of them struggle to find jobs decades after their offense. Advocates of expungement say it levels the playing field—and boosts the economy.

Gregory Bull/AP

Will Law Enforcement Support Trump's Immigration Plans?

The president-elect has pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but his proposals would require the cooperation of state and local authorities.

Carlos Osorio/AP

The Best Cityreads of 2016

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past 365 days.

Year in Review
Spencer Selvidge/Reuters

U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in 2016

But officer deaths remain lower than the average annual fatalities over the past decade.

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

For London, 2017 Could Be the Year That Makes or Breaks the City's Future

The U.K. capital debates the impact of Brexit—and much more.

Jeremy Meek/YouTube

Celebrating the Vehicular Graffiti of Urban Bike Life

Filmmaker Jeremy Meek showcases the human side of D.C.’s controversial dirt-bike scene.

Matt Rourke/AP

Boston Police Want to Track Your Emotions on Social Media

A debate rages over the department’s request for a $1.4 million analytics tool that would let undercover accounts monitor users’ locations, associates—and even moods.

Paul Beaty/AP

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.

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EMCDDA

Mapping the Changes in Europe's Drug Use

Sewer water analysis unlocks some hidden patterns.

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

A Supervised-Injection Site Could Save San Francisco Millions

Every dollar spent on a place where drug users legally inject would create $2.33 in savings, researchers say.

Lee Romney/Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Designing a Way out of Mass Incarceration

An Oakland-based firm is developing architecture to support restorative justice.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Don't Bet Your Job on Legal Pot

Despite state laws, employees can still be terminated for testing positive for weed.

Photos
Salvador Espinoza

Journeying to Rikers Island by Bus

This photo series depicts an unseen side of the criminal justice system: its effect on the families of incarcerated people.

James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

Justice by Algorithm

Baltimore uses a little-known risk assessment tool to help make bail decisions. It’s supposed to be an objective way to keep non-violent defendants out of jail, but some fear it might be reinforcing racial bias.

SFMTA

SFMTA 'Never Considered' Paying Ransom to Hackers

The feds are investigating a demand of 100 bitcoins to release the transit agency’s encrypted files.