Crime

How New Orleans Stopped Making Jailing a Business

A new report details how the city reduced its local inmate population by 67 percent since Hurricane Katrina struck.

What We Know About the Charleston Church Shooting

A white man opened fire Wednesday evening inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine.

Busting the Myth of 'The Ferguson Effect'

Pundits are fanning fears of new “crime waves” across cities. Criminologists aren’t buying it.

The Paranoia of Police Unions

With departments facing scrutiny across the nation, police unions are lashing out at the cities they serve.

In Arlington County, Virginia, Public Profanity Will Cost You $250

There’s a racial history behind these types of laws that connect with disparities in enforcement overall.

Why Philadelphia Is Commissioning Skateable Public Art

The city hopes to engage young people in its downtown parks and museum plazas by installing skateable sculptures.

The FTC Finally Cracks Down on Never-Completed Kickstarters

It’s the first time the consumer-protection agency has waded into the murky waters of crowdfunding.

The Origins of the Phrase 'Black-on-Black Crime'

How the term got hijacked, politically loaded, and calcified into America’s racial consciousness.

Buenos Aires Wants to Outlaw Street Harassment of Women

Officials in Argentina, and beyond, are finally taking catcalls more seriously.

The Scholastic Consequences of Chicago’s Lead Paint Problem

A recent study of kids in the city finds links between exposure and failure on standardized tests. How is this still happening?

It's Shockingly Common for New Yorkers to Blow Through Red Lights

A new study finds that one in 10 drivers do it.

Why America Should Stop Building Youth Jails

The tragic story of Kalief Browder is instructive, and we should take away some important lessons about incarcerating teens.

Troubled Waters in McKinney, Texas

The history of the American swimming pool is a story of racial exclusion.

What's Causing Baltimore's Crime Spike?

As activists blame cops, police blame prosecutors, and the commissioner blames drugs, citizens are left to deal with the consequences.

Why Is It So Hard to Track Police Killings?

Two newspapers succeed where the federal government has failed, and new legislation seems unlikely to solve the problem.

CityFixer

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

Paying People Not To Be Violent

A city program in Richmond, California, gives its most violent offenders a stipend to keep their noses clean. Could it work in Baltimore?

You Can Go to Jail For Having Very Noisy Sex

A British woman just learned the hard way: Your neighbors don’t share your happiness.

Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparities in Its Policing

A new ACLU report shows that arrests for low-level offenses in the city skew heavily toward blacks. Including arrests that don’t “fit any crime.”