Crime

Midtown Community Court

A Court That's More About Problem-Solving Than Punishment

New York City's Midtown Community Court is a national model for a different approach to dispensing justice.

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This Alarm Calls Your Phone if Somebody Touches Your Bike

The Bluetooth device also sends alerts to other people near the presumed bicycle thief.

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Where You're Most Likely to Be Arrested or Shot by the Police in San Francisco

Where it's "safe" to live if you're more worried about cops than criminals.

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How a Judge's Media Interviews Were Used to Block Stop and Frisk Reform

The fate of the controversial policy now rests with New York's next mayor. 

Joe Lhota for Mayor

The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

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Sometimes When Violence Strikes, It Can Be Easy to Overlook What Went Right

A stabbing attack in New York's Riverside Park acts as a reminder about the way cities really work.

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Why International Aid Agencies Are Starting to Focus on Urban Violence

Non-war zone killings in cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are far outpacing traditional armed conflict.

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The Baltimore Police Department Is Having Its Own Stop-and-Frisk Scandal

New York's not the only city with a stop-and-frisk program, or a stop-and-frisk problem.

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Welcome to Chicago, Where Segregation Is Almost a Civic Art Form

Whole communities are burdened by fear of violent crime, while others remain blissfully ignorant, in America's most divided city.

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In Paris, Thefts and Vandalism Could Force Bike-Share to Shrink

A whopping 9,000 bikes were damaged or stolen last year, costing the Vélib' system about €1 million.

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Be Like Mike: How Bloomberg Became the World's 'Mentor'

He wanted the way he ran his city to become a model for mayors everywhere. But can that idea persist once he's out of office?

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When Armed Robbers Ruin a Brilliant Commuting Scheme

Turns out, the biggest risk to casual carpoolers in Oakland is not each other.

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The Lockdown Generation

When I was growing up, the threat of nuclear attack was always in the background. Now it's mass shootings.

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The Puzzling Relationship Between Crime and the Economy

Criminologists say bad economies create more crime; economists say the opposite. But recent data reveals neither explanation is right.

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Why Don't We All Just Agree to Stop Crowning a 'Murder Capital'

What could be more useless than raw homicide numbers from over a year ago?

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Enough Already With the Avoid-The-Ghetto Apps

A bad idea that won't go away.

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The Astounding Odds That You'll Be Shot if You're a Black Man in Oakland

Over the past decade, the number of African American men killed nearly matched the number who graduated from high schools ready to attend university.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Friends Have Criminal Histories and Tend to Live With Their Parents

Police and local reporters are slowly putting the complicated puzzle behind Ford and his strange circle of associates together.

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How One Man Stole $210,000 in Parking Meter Quarters

Every detail of this story is amazing.