George Joseph

George Joseph

George Joseph is a former editorial fellow at CityLab.

Has 'Gang Policing' Replaced Stop-and-Frisk?

The NYPD says operations against teenage crews are effectively curbing youth violence. Others see a new way to continue racially biased policing.

What Could Reverse D.C'.s Intense School Segregation?

Not more charter schools, says the author of a new UCLA Civil Rights Project report: School choice is only exacerbating the effects of the city’s extreme housing segregation.

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.

Inauguration Protesters Targeted for Facebook Searches

Law enforcement is seeking social media info from least two D.C. protest arrestees.

Are Police Searching Inauguration Protesters' Phones?

A lawyer for several protesters arrested in inauguration protests on Friday claims that police appear to be mining information from mobile phones taken after they were detained.

What Betsy DeVos Didn't Say About School Choice

The Department of Education pick said a lot of things in her contentious Senate hearing. But she didn’t talk about how charter schools have fueled school re-segregation in urban America.

Mapping the Drone War Over Pakistan

The controversial campaign of U.S. drone strikes has been intensely focused on small northern Pakistani communities near the Afghan border.

Mapping Who Will Be Hurt by D.C. Metro's Late-Night Cuts

Service workers will likely have fewer safe, affordable ways to get home after late shifts.

Boston Police Want to Track Your Emotions on Social Media

A debate rages over the department’s request for a $1.4 million analytics tool that would let undercover accounts monitor users’ locations, associates—and even moods.

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.

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.

30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped

The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock.

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.

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.

Mapping How Clinton's 'Blue Wall' Came Down

Trump won the Rust Belt, and the presidency, by taking on longtime Democratic strongholds outside of big cities.

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.

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.

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.

Racial Disparities in Police 'Stingray' Surveillance, Mapped

Cops are using secret cellphone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data—especially in poor, black neighborhoods.

From Ferguson to Charlotte, Why Police Protests Turn Into Riots

“Riots occur because these police killings just keep happening, no matter how many peaceful marches happen. It is, in every sense, maddening.”

Should Philadelphia Count on an Algorithm for Bail Reform?

Debate is brewing over whether individuals’ risk assessments will be based on factors out of their control.