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MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny

Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.

False Abuse Reports Trouble Child Welfare Advocates

Child protection experts say false, malicious reports of abuse are not uncommon. Efforts to address the problem face complex challenges.

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Public Safety

Stop-and-frisk, the inspector general, Ray Kelly and Muslim surveillance: How do the hopefuls come down on the key issues of crime and policing in New York?

Push to Keep NY's Teens Out of Adult Court

New York is one of only two states that regularly tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Efforts to reform the system have run into opposition.

Bed-Stuy Businesses Offer LGBTQ Safe Spaces

The havens from harassment and violence also serve other communities who aren't comfortable asking the police for help, organizers say.

Planning a Defense for Violence on the Basketball Court

Detecting a spate of shootings associated with basketball games—often involving pre-existing beefs—organizers in Brooklyn are teaching kids and coaches to "hold the ball" when violence threatens.

Prisons Get Grayer, But Efforts to Release the Dying Lag

Over the past 20 years, New York State's compassionate release mechanism has seen nearly three times as many applicants die behind bars as won freedom through the program.

Version of 'Occupy' Seeks to Deter Brooklyn Gun Violence

Activists in Bed-Stuy, Brownsville and other neighborhoods believe a few friendly faces on troubled corners can help stave off summer shootings.

Gays in Bed-Stuy See Hope in Council's Frisk Bill

The Community Safety Act is seen as a response to the stop-and-frisk program. But backers say it also would prohibit police profiling of LGBTQ people.

Cops Want Crime Watchers on 34 Bushwick Blocks

The new block associations could address many issues but would emphasize crime prevention. Some neighbors question whether crime is truly a threat.

LGBTQ Group Reboots as Hate Worries Grow

After scandal scuttled the Bronx Pride Center, a new entity is taking shape amid persistent concerns about the hostile atmosphere that confronts the borough's gays.

Bed-Stuy Eyes Block Watch to Stop Violence

A week after the shooting of an 11-year-old made headlines, community members gathered to talk about the causes of violence. Some trained for patrols aimed at thwarting it.

Public Finally to Have Access to Hyper-Local Crime Stats

Newly signed legislation will correct a blind-spot in the NYPD's crime-report transparency, one we reported on last year.

Pushing Cops to Consider Kids When Arresting Parents

While some New York police agencies already avoid having kids witness a parent's bust and take steps to ensure care after Mom or Dad are detained, advocates say want more done to limit the effect of arrests and incarceration on children

Top Issue in Brownsville: Fear of the Teens, Fear for the Teens

Ask people on Blake Avenue what's their No. 1 campaign concern, and they'll say "crime." But their worry seems to be less about violence and more about whether young people are on the wrong track.

Advocates Pan City's Record on Disabilities

They claim policies from special ed to employment assistance to the Taxi of Tomorrow failed to increase opportunities for the disabled. City Hall says its reforms made a difference.

Disabled Say Non-Mayoral Agencies Also Fail

While advocates for the disabled have harsh criticism for Mayor Bloomberg, they also fault other government agencies not controlled by City Hall—especially the transit system.

Undocumented Immigrants Still In Post-Storm Limbo

Plans for how the city will spend federal aid are taking shape. The governor is discussing a massive buyout program in coastal areas. But some victims of the storm are still stuck without basic help.

Guns for Cash at Brooklyn Church

An operable handgun or assault rifle will net you $200 if you bring it—in a plastic bag—to a gun buyback event in Vinegar Hill this weekend.

Innocent of Crime, Tainted by Time: Exonorees Struggle

After years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, New York's exonerees are released into the free world—where a host of challenges confront them despite their innocence.

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Immigration Detainers in NYC: The Numbers - Jarrett Murphy

The city honored more than 3,000 such detainers over a recent 12-month period, declined to enforce 1,200 and received $42 million less than it wanted for doing Washington's immigration-enforcement grunt work.

Brooklyn Hate Crime Spike: Cause and Effect - Jarrett Murphy

The borough's melting-pot makeup and authorities' willingness to label crimes as hateful are reasons why Kings County often reports more hate crimes than most states.

Beer and Politics Mix on TV - Jarrett Murphy

The second episode of "Straight Up" features a discussion on race and policing.

Striking Disparities in Neighborhood Violence - Jarrett Murphy

Focusing on the rise in shootings citywide masks deep differences across precincts. Most have seen neither no increase or a decline in shooting victims.

The Death and Life of Stop-and-Frisk - Jarrett Murphy

A new report looks back on 11 years of a controversial policy.

Resisting Arrest: Is There a Trend? - Jarrett Murphy

The head of the NYPD says more people are resisting arrest. What do the statistics indicate? <b>Updated</b>

Report Finds 'Epidemic' of Aging in Prison - Jarrett Murphy

One increasingly common facet of the problem: Elderly prisoners with dementia so pronounced they cannot remember the crime for which they are incarcerated.

What Was the Bloomberg Admin. Saying About Jail Violence? - Jarrett Murphy

A look back at annual reports on jail conditions shows an emphasis on progress being made, but also an acknowledgement of an increasing violence problem.

Cloudy Views On Broken-Windows Policing - Jarrett Murphy

There's a lot of debate over whether New York should still be doing "broken-windows" policing. But there are also questions about exactly what that theory is, whether it's worked, and to what extent the NYPD implements it.

Some Police Agencies Revive Restraints Involving Neck - Jarrett Murphy

Chatter on law-enforcement message boards suggests that what was applied to Eric Garner was not a chokehold but a “carotid restraint," a police tactic gaining new acceptance nationwide despite past controversy.

NYC Pols React, Unevenly, to Mideast Violence - Jarrett Murphy

There was widespread outrage over the horrific murders of three Israeli teens. Fewer public statements were made over the alleged revenge slaying of a Palestinian boy.

Clashing Claims at Heart of '90 Murder Case Under Review - Jarrett Murphy

Many of the figures in a 1990 murder case have told different versions of their story over the years. Defense lawyers argue some of the changes are justifiable, while others are lies.

CL Honored for Story on How Parents' Arrests Affect Kids - Jarrett Murphy

Rachel Blustain won first place in the category of best article on a social issue at the 2014 Ippies coordinated by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Key Date Looms for Bid to Reverse 1991 Murder Conviction - Jarrett Murphy

As first reported here in 2010, Johnny Hincapie maintains his innocence in the murder of tourist Brian Watkins. But in court filings, prosecutors say there are holes in his alibi.

Infographic: Many Immigrants Want to Own Homes, Success Rates Vary - Miranda Shafer

An interactive data map uses data from the American Community Survey to show the impact immigrant investment has on the housing market.

Rangel Clarifies Comments on Dominican Immigration Dispute - Jarrett Murphy

In response to an inquiry by City Limits, the Congressman says he did not endorse a court ruling that threw 200,000 Haitians in the DR into immigration limbo.

Advocates Have Wary Praise For End of NYPD Surveillance Unit - Jarrett Murphy

Those who opposed the Bloomberg administration's snooping on Muslims welcomed the shut-down of the "demographic unit." Now they want proof that the spying itself will stop.

Needed: A New Deal for City Housing Policy - Jarrett Murphy

The UPK battle is (for now) over, the 100th day is coming, and the question arises: What now for the first progressive mayor in a generation? The answer, in a word, is housing.

City Libraries Target Jailed Readers - Jarrett Murphy

The man in charge of the Brooklyn Library's correctional services talks about the challenges of providing books to an incarcerated customer base.

Seen Here First: Tenants and Exonerees Struggle - Jarrett Murphy

A Bushwick building's saga and the woes of people wrongly imprisoned and then released are two stories City Limits was proud to break.



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Australia's Gun-Control Lesson for NYers

By Gerard May

Australia's Gun-Control Lesson for NYers

Mass shootings are happening more often in the U.S., but tighter national gun control seems impossible to achieve. An Australian in New York recounts his country's response to a massacre.

Eyewitnesses Exposed: Odds Are You'd ID the Wrong Man

By Roxanne Palmer

Eyewitnesses Exposed: Odds Are You'd ID the Wrong Man

A video lays bare the problems with eyewitness testimony: At a recent conference, a robbery was staged, and 83 percent of people in the audience couldn't identify the right guy in a lineup.

Rikers Scandal: Key Leaders Are Between Policymakers, Prisoners

By David A. Fullard

Rikers Scandal: Key Leaders Are Between Policymakers, Prisoners

The revelations about systemic brutality in the city's jails point to the critical role that captains—the first layer of leadership over correction officers—play.

Are New Yorkers Desensitized to Violence?

By Gerard May

Are New Yorkers Desensitized to Violence?

Many murders make the front pages. But others don't. When a foreign visitor to the city learns of a killing near his home, he encounters resignation and dark humor.

Law and Disorder: A View on Broken Windows from Journal Square

By Mike Rowan

Law and Disorder: A View on Broken Windows from Journal Square

The supposed link between disorder and serious crime is as controversial as the policing strategies based on the assumed connection between the two. In one New Jersey city, disorder is common—and rarely threatening—in a public square.



Design Deficiencies and Lost Votes

In 2010, tens of thousands of votes in New York did not count due to overvotes — the invalid selection of more than one candidate. This report demonstrates how the lack of adequate overvote protections disproportionately affected the state's poorest communities, suggests commonsense reforms, and examines national implications.

For Their Own Good

Hundreds of teens are in jail for crimes for which adult offenders would walk. Can the Probation Dept. reform its ways?