Crime

How to Stop Jail Suicides

Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.

San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.

Maps

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

Everyone Has the Right to Mouth Off to Cops

U.S. courts have made this clear again and again and again.

Videos

'I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male'

In a StoryCorps animation, Alex Landau recalls his harrowing experience being pulled over by Denver police.

The Dark 'Fugitive Slave' History of Rikers Island

Maybe New York's most infamous jail shouldn't bear the name of a 19th-century judge who sent free African Americans back into slavery.

Want Better Police Relations With the Community? Let Local Youth Train Them

In Baltimore, a social justice organization led by teens has begun training city police on how to better interact with the communities they serve.

Peeing Is Not a Crime

Don't waste money policing public urinators—invest in public restrooms instead.

Sandra Bland and the Long History of Racism in Waller County, Texas

The place where the young Chicago woman was found dead in a jail cell has seen more than a century of racial violence and oppression.

Why Police Can't Be Trusted to Decide If Video Should Be Public

The killing of an unarmed man in Gardena, California, and the weak rationale for suppressing dashboard cam footage of the encounter.

Now More Than Ever, It Sucks to Be Homeless in L.A.

Tough new ordinances seek to seize the property of homeless people across the city. And there's likely more to come.

The Vision Zero Message Is Finally Getting Through in New York

A robust turnout at a recent rally indicates progress in terms of public awareness and support.

Every Hideous Thing That Police Unions Have Said About Eric Garner

Including: “The fact that he states eleven times that he can’t breathe proves he was actually breathing.”

Police Violence, Continued

A recent Mississippi killing sounds a lot like Eric Garner’s.

When Your City's Longtime Mayor Gets Charged With 499 Criminal Counts of Thievery

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, nearly went bankrupt. As Stephen Reed is charged with theft, bribery, corruption, and more, residents may now find out why.

The Baltimore Police Union's Problem With Anthony Batts Was That He Followed Best Practices

The Fraternal Order of Police’s scathing report, issued hours before the commissioner was fired, suggests that Batts was following guidelines from the White House’s 21st Century Policing Task Force.

The Scapegoating of Sanctuary Cities

San Francisco has become an anti-immigration punching bag in the wake of a grisly killing. But there’s little evidence that the city’s sanctuary law was to blame.

New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

The safety precaution would fit in with the city’s larger Vision Zero push.

Why This Iowa Town Is Raffling Off the Chance to Tase a Public Official

A police chief explains.

NYC Wants to Convert a Former Youth Jail into Housing

The city is looking for backers to convert a former roach-infested youth jail into a mixed-use affordable housing complex.