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 'Never Considered' Paying Ransom to Hackers

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

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Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice

The surgeon general’s new approach on substance abuse has policy implications for law enforcement.

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Imagining the Housing of the Future: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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'Baltimore Rising' and the Role of Art in Settling History

An exhibit at the Maryland Institute College of Art explores the imagery surrounding Freddie Gray’s death by looking for context in the chaos that followed.


Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health

One Toronto neighborhood serves as an example of the limitations in drawing links between happier residents and the amount of green space they have access to.

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Mapping Trump's Coming War on Immigrant Sanctuary Cities

The president-elect's promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants has set up a showdown with the cities that have pledged to protect them.

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Why Private Prison Stocks Are Soaring

Investors are betting on Trump’s promise to incarcerate and deport millions, and big changes may be coming to America's prison towns, says Carl Takei of the ACLU.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

How Discrimination Against Black Veterans Helped Shape Urban America

A new report from the Equal Justice Initiative reminds us how racial violence and exclusion paved the way for today’s polarized America.

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A Controversial Police Chief's Parting Words With His Profession

Cameron McLay just resigned from his post as Pittsburgh’s police chief—right when urban policing is about to get a lot more interesting.

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The New Top Cop: How President Trump Might Reshape Urban Policing

Border patrol and police militarization will likely grow. And federal pressure for reform is likely finished.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

Eric Holder Wants to End Bail as We Know It

In a new paper, the former attorney general argues that using bail to jail low-income defendants is unconstitutional.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Psychology Researchers Found New Evidence for the 'Broken Windows' Policing Theory

Do visual signs of neglect encourage criminality? The long-controversial idea may have just gotten a little stronger.


It Follows, From Inner-City Detroit to the Suburbs

What urban myths tell us about racial fears.

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Chicago Activists Turn the Tables on Police Surveillance

A new tool called OpenOversight matches names and badge numbers with photos of police. But some fear it could put officers’ lives in danger.

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Does New York City Need a Supervised Injection Facility?

Perhaps, according to new research on drugs and public restrooms in the city.

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Austin's Police Chief Won't Tolerate Violence in His Ranks

Chief Art Acevedo has lambasted top brass over high-profile incidents of violence in his department. We need more of this.  

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Bogotá's Mayor: Organized Crime 'Is Not Something You Can Change With Just Social Work'

Enrique Peñalosa defends his crackdown on the “Bronx,” one of his city’s most crime and drug-infested neighborhoods.