Crime

Heroin Trade Through New York City Is the Highest It's Been in 20 Years

Officials have seized 786 pounds of heroin this year, the most since 1991.

What If U.S. Cities Just Stopped Participating in the War on Drugs?

An idea whose time may have finally come. 

How Sex Work Became Invisible in America

Law enforcement plays the determining role in where and when sex workers make a living in the United States.

Videos

'Stop Telling Women to Smile'

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh created an ongoing public art series that actively addresses street harassment.

Why Paris Is Importing Police Officers From China

A rash of crimes against East Asian tourists has forced the French capital to get creative. 

Philadelphia's Tourist-Friendly Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary housed its last inmates in 1971. Since then, it's become a destination for visitors, art, and prison-era reunions.

A New Memorial for Indianapolis Homicide Victims Will Be Built Out of the Guns That Killed Them

The city is on track to hit 150 homicides in 2014.

Sooner or Later, Security Drones Will Be Hovering Over Major Marathons

Our scary but inevitable future.

How Police Spied on a Whole City

In a secret test, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, capturing high-resolution video of everything.

Catching and Saving Bucharest's Stray Dogs

More than 60,000 homeless canines roam the Romanian capital.

This Catchy Anti-Public Defecation PSA Stars a Dancing Pile of Poo

"Take poo to the loo."

Why Did This Guy Think a Confetti 'Bomb' at the Boston Marathon Site Was a Good Idea?

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Maps

The Number of Americans Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods Is Still on the Rise

12.4 million people now live in economically devastated neighborhoods.

The U.S. Cities Where College Grads Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else

The highly educated tend to live apart in college towns like State College, Pennsylvania, and big cities like Birmingham and Houston.

The Brutality of the Albuquerque Police

A federal review has found that officers routinely used unnecessary force against citizens.

Buffalo Was Once a Model for Integration. Now the Vast Majority of its Public Schools Are Segregated

How one of the city's biggest success stories went wrong.

Some of the Most Beautiful Photos of London Come From Flying Policemen

Breathtaking shots, captured in the line of duty.

Are Police Horses a Dying Breed?

The ascendancy of stats-based policing has made keeping mounted units harder.

Capturing the Haunting Lights of America's Prisons

One photographer spent 17 years visiting U.S. penitentiaries after dark. Here's what he found.