Even Model NYS Inmates Face Steep Barriers to Parole
The state's approval rate for parole applications has been sliced in half since 2005. Inmates convicted of high-profile crimes face almost insurmountable barriers—because of politics, not the penal code.
Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade
Sex trafficking is the target of increased awareness and enforcement. But other forms of the human trade—which might be more common—are proving hard to publicize or prosecute.
City Finally Beating Back Queens Floodwaters
After decades of regular flooding in the borough's southeast, a $6 billion infrastructure project is having an impact. Some want DEP to go further and pump out rising groundwater.
Struggle Amid Progress: To Be LGBTQ in Foster Care
New York City is working to build a foster-care system that welcomes gay and trans youth. New training has made gains against still-common cultural and religious hangups among caseworkers and foster parents.
New Scrutiny of City's Library Trustees
The trustees of the city's library systems oversee more than 200 branches and the spending of hundreds of millions of city dollars. How representative of the city are they?
Bronx DAs Face Scorn, But Not Discipline
A judge recently found one prosecutor's conduct so bad he banned her from his courtroom forever. But she'll face no internal discipline from her office, which lacks a formal system for punishing rule violations.
Complex Changes in Low-Level Arrests Under De Blasio
Elected on a platform of police reform, the de Blasio administration has cut arrests for some low-level drug crimes, but busted more people for the controversial charge of trespassing.
Libraries Get Millions to Fix Buildings, Need More
The proposed city budget includes more than $500 million in capital funds for the city's library systems. But with dozens of aging buildings in the branch network, the needs go deeper.
Crime Low, But Citizens Still Want to Fight It
A movement in Brownsville to recruit volunteer crime-spotters would be one of several citizen patrols and blockwatch efforts active in New York, despite low crime and a massive police force.
After the DREAM: Young Immigrants Move Past Seeking Path to Citizenship
Frustrated with the deadlock in Washington over immigration reform, young immigrant activists are starting to distance themselves from the core goals of the DREAMer movement.
Immigrants Give Up the Dream of Homeownership in the U.S.
After years of work in the U.S., many Colombian immigrants are discovering that the only place they can afford to retire is back in Colombia.
Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One
There's growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.
Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services
The city's library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers' circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems' ability to reach potential.
Group Amplifies Complaints by Foster-Care Parents, Kids
An advocacy group in Harlem says it is hearing more and more from parents and children who believe the child-welfare system has been insufficiently responsive to their complaints.
Exclusive Interview: New Child-Welfare Chief Eyes Change
New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about juvenile justice, foster care and how to improve her agency's reputation among the families it serves.
Will New York Follow Texas In Criminal Justice Reform?
Defendants in New York don't get to see all the evidence against them. After several wrongful convictions, pressure is building to follow the Lone Star's lead and fix the system.
Brownsville: What Will NYPD 'Impact' Changes Mean?
Residents are divided over whether tweaks to the high-intensity policing program are cause for concern or celebration.
Housing Court Goes on Trial
Advocates who fault the court's facilities and lack of right to counsel found it guilty on all counts in a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals
The Close to Home initiative was supposed to move detained kids to less restrictive settings and improve their ability to complete their education. That hasn't happened.
Students, Teachers Say Roll-Out of New GED Has Been Flawed
They say they haven't had the resources and preparation to gear up for the newer, tougher TASC exam.
In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand
Many of the city's branch libraries feature half-empty shelves, reflecting budget constraints more than changing readership demands.
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