Crime

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How to Uproot a 'Tree of Death'

Predictive tools can now track how a single shooting incident triggers a lethal cascade of gunshot violence—and predict who will be targeted next.

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How One Nonprofit Breaks the Cycle of Incarceration

Staffed mostly by ex-offenders, New York’s Fortune Society works to build a safety net for its clients, even before they’re released from jail or prison.

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What's Wrong With Sweden?

The bizarre Twitter assault on the Scandinavian nation’s immigration policies may be based on a fiction—but that doesn’t mean all is well in Malmö.

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Are Refugees Dangerous?

In nine out of the ten cities that accepted the largest number of refugees, crime went down—sometimes dramatically.

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Understanding a St. Louis Mayoral Candidate's Viral Takedown of a Local Newspaper

Just in case you have any questions about Tishaura Jones’s letter slamming the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s editorial board, CityLab has you covered.

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The Equestrians of North Philly

How a riding club counters crime with horses.

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Ex-Police Chiefs To Trump: Listen to Us

Former New Orleans Police Chief Ron Serpas talks about how law enforcement can get the new administration’s attention on the best ways to fight crime.

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Is 'Reverse Racism' Among Police Real?

Several recent studies claim that police officers are more likely to shoot white civilians than black civilians; one new one claims the opposite. Who’s right?

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Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.

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For L.A. Street Vendors, a Step Toward Legality

Decriminalization gives vendors a measure of safety from a potential crackdown on immigrants. But advocates say there’s still work to be done.

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Inauguration Protesters Targeted for Facebook Searches

Law enforcement is seeking social media info from least two D.C. protest arrestees.

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London Police Will Pose as Cyclists to Catch Unsafe Drivers

Watch out, that cyclist you’re cutting off could be a cop.

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Sanctuary Cities Are Safer and More Productive

New research contradicts President Trump’s claim that these areas do "immeasurable harm" to their residents.

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What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.

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Are Police Searching Inauguration Protesters' Phones?

A lawyer for several protesters arrested in inauguration protests on Friday claims that police appear to be mining information from mobile phones taken after they were detained.

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Chicago Cops, Unaccountable by Design

The U.S. Justice Department’s recently released findings of its investigation into the Chicago Police Department shows how one city obstructed its own paths to law enforcement accountability.

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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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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.

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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?