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Advocates Have Wary Praise For End of NYPD Surveillance Unit
Needed: A New Deal for City Housing Policy
The 100th day of Mayor de Blasio's term—which comes Thursday—is, of course, an arbitrary milestone. Yet after the conclusion of the state budget last week, with winter snowstorms and nasty charter-school battles out of the way, it does feel like the de Blasio narrative is entering a new phase. The first three months of the year revolved largely around the effort to get universal pre-kindergarten funded. That effort largely succeeded. Now what?
City Libraries Target Jailed Readers
a story about a man who agrees to spend 15 years in total isolation
to prove that prison is preferable to death
Seen Here First: Tenants and Exonerees Struggle
Over the weekend, there was Alan Feuer's superb feature story about new efforts to fill the gap into which so many exonerated prisoners fall: Perversely, because of their innocence, they re-enter society not on parole (with the services and support that can entail) but on their own. Last January, we told the story of several ex-inmates trying to navigate freedom.
Heroin and New York: A History
In 2009, Sean Gardiner (now of the Wall Street Journal) wrote for City Limits a history of the war on drugs in New York, from the early days to the Bloomberg era mass-arrest strategy around marijuana. That story begins—and continues—with heroin:
Stop-and-Frisk, Already Dying, Gets Buried
On Thursday the legal war over the NYPD's "stop, question and frisk" policy—which resulted in the questioning of hundreds of thousands of innocent people over the years—ended. Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to settle the case along the lines set out this summer when a federal judge ruled the policy had been carried out unconstitutionally: A court-appointed monitor will oversee the City's reform of the policy, and the City will engage community members in the reform process.
Learning to Listen in Child Welfare Enforcement
The Social Justice Clinic at Fordham University's Feerick Center recently got many of the child welfare stakeholders—including the Administration for Children's Services and some its toughest critics—together to talk about how parent feedback might become a healthier part of the system. The focus wasn't just on how to get parent feedback, but what to do with it—how to fold the insight of parents into policy.
How Should de Blasio Continue the Young Men's Initiative?
Heard Here First: Questions About Infamous 1990 Murder
In the wake of the bloodshed, the pressure to find and punish the perpetrators was intense. As Bill Hughes wrote in City Limits in October 2010, "Within 24 hours, charges were lodged against eight suspects. All but one gave videotaped confessions. The one who did not was let off. The rest got 25 to life."
Call for A Wage-Theft Crackdown
But workers who spoke at the rally said getting into 75 Varick Street, location of the city headquarters of the state Department of Labor, was not the problem. The problem, they say, was getting DOL to act on claims that employers ripped them off.