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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunset Park Cops Aim To Protect Lunar New Year Revelers

It's the time of year to exchange red envelopes containing cash—a signal to thieves and a focus of two Brooklyn precincts.

New Crime Site Data Needs More Detail

A new tool lets New Yorkers see where the crime is, but supporters of the law that mandated the map want to know more.

Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals

Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.

Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law

In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.

NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead

As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.


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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.

Heroin and New York: A History - Jarrett Murphy

An actor's untimely death revives interest in the long history of heroin traffic in New York. In 2009, we told that story in depth.

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

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.

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MULTIMEDIA

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?

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