Mike Riggs

Mike Riggs is a former staff writer at CityLab. 

Why San Francisco's Sheriff Wants to Help Prisoners Sign Up for Obamacare

Helping ex-offenders get insured could have real public safety benefits. 

The Future of Honking

Cars are getting quieter. Should horns be getting quieter as well? 

How the Republican Plan for Immigration Reform Repeats the Mistakes of the Drug War

The SAFE Act could lead to overcrowded prisons and misplaced law enforcement priorities.

Capturing a Decade of Characters on Orlando's Skid Row

Photographer Bryan Soderlind shares his collection of images from the infamous Orange Blossom Trail.

The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

Yes, You Can Buy an iPhone Case That Doubles as a Stun Gun

Next time someone tries to pick your Apple, give them a taste of your Yellow Jacket. 

My Face, Digitally Recognized

The age of practical facial recognition has begun, and it's only going to get more precise.

Marijuana Arrests in Colorado Have Plummeted 77 Percent Since 2012

Law enforcement have largely respected the will of Colorado voters—and then some. 

Florida Might Revamp the State's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Now, it'll protect people who fire warning shots.

Think Twice Before Asking Police to Deal With the Mentally Ill

"What cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police."

Nearly 50 Percent of Black Men Have Been Arrested by 23

The latest horrifying statistic from the American criminal justice system. 

Could Legal Marijuana Help Curb Prescription Pill Abuse?

The other substitution effect is worth some study. 

A Yelp for Colorado's Newly Legal Marijuana Industry

Marijuana start-up WeedMaps covers consumers' every need. 

Russia's Terror Attacks Don't Mean We Should Treat Mass Transit Like Airports

City buses and trains are vulnerable to terrorists, but trying to make them safer would ruin them.

New York City Is Safer Than Ever—Even With Less 'Stop and Frisk'

The use of stop and frisk has declined 60 percent, and the murder rate is the lowest it's been since the early 1960s. 

Will This Tiny Tool Stop Teens From Texting While Driving?

At the very least, it gives parents god-like knowledge of their teen's driving habits. 

America's Fastest-Growing Crime Problem Barely Even Registers as 'Crime' for Most People

We seldom treat identity theft the way we do other crimes. 

A Checklist for Reforming the NYPD

How one group is pushing Bill de Blasio to make good on his campaign promises. 

Why Some Communities Police Themselves, While Others Don't

Familiarity and social ties influence our decision to intervene on behalf of others. 

For Once, Here's a Video of a Cop in Action Doing Everything Right

This policeman could teach law enforcers a lesson in how to behave when a bystander is filming.