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Brooklyn Bureau: NYPD Towers May Defuse Cop, Community Friction
The Enforcement Of New York's Prison Sex Law
Immigrant's Choice: Family Separation Or Child Mutilation
AIDS Activists Threaten Lawsuit Against City
Billboard Owner Censors Marijuana Reform Ad
Secrecy Shrouds NYPD's Anti-Terror Camera System
Mentally Ill On Hold After Ruling
Latinos in NYC Embrace Census
The Forty Years War
Soldiers, Prisoners, Casualties—A Drug War's Characters
Heroin: From the Civil War to the 70s, and Beyond
Cocaine: A Club Drug Becomes Enemy No. 1
A Cop's Death Accelerates the City's War on Crack
Today's Drug War: Marijuana and Mass Arrests
In the Drug War, a Stalemate?
New York City's laws and regulations are adjudicated and interpreted by a large legal infrastructure that consists of private law firms, district attorneys, the New York Police Department, and a system of courts within the city's parameters.
Some suspect the current bias-crime statutes aren't strong enough to deter or punish violent bigots. Others wonder if extra jail time is the best way to change mindsets.
A new state law prohibits the sale of Nutcracker in hair salons and barbershops. But many hair cutters back the ban, saying the measure will snip away at a stigma.
When you bump someone on the subway, is it a mistake or a misdemeanor? One advocacy group wants New York State to clarify vague laws that it says grant police too much power.
Advocates for sexual assault victims say the high-profile turmoil in the Dominque Strauss-Kahn case reflects some of the obstacles that come up in less-heralded cases.
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The pattern of narcotics arrests in New York City has shifted dramatically since 1980, with the number of misdemeanor arrests swamping those for more serious, felony crimes. (From City Limits' summer 2009 investigation of the drug war in New York City).
Recent city youth surveys show a slight dip in pot use and indicate that other drugs are substantially less popular. The 2007 survey revealed that white youths are more likely to use drugs than kids of other races or ethnicities, and that a greater percentage of Staten Island kids use drugs than in the other boroughs. (From City Limits' summer 2009 investigation of the drug war in New York City).