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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.

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.


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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.

Stop-and-Frisk, Already Dying, Gets Buried - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor's move to settle a lawsuit over the NYPD practice closes one chapter in the history of the NYPD. The next one is now being written.

Learning to Listen in Child Welfare Enforcement - Jarrett Murphy

A report looks at how to make parent feedback a bigger part of the system.

How Should de Blasio Continue the Young Men's Initiative? - Jarrett Murphy

We've had our turn. Now it's yours. What do you think Mayor-elect de Blasio should do to continue, strengthen (or terminate, if that's your angle) the Young Men's Initiative?

Heard Here First: Questions About Infamous 1990 Murder - Jarrett Murphy

Civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby is seeking to overturn the conviction of Johnny Hincapie in the infamous subway slaying of Brian Watkins. City Limits first reported doubts about the case three years ago.

Call for A Wage-Theft Crackdown - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates for low-wage workers say the state isn't doing enough to hunt down scofflaw employers.

Prison Reformers Hope De Blasio Keeps Promises - Julia Alsop

His campaign platform embraces some of the policies they want for ex-offenders. But advocates were unable to meet face-to-face with the Democrat or his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota.

Stop and Frisk Ruling: Read the Judges' Code of Conduct - Jarrett Murphy

Read the rules that federal judges are supposed to live by--and that the judge in the NYPD case allegedly broke.

De Blasio Stumped by Crime Wave. Wait, There's a Crime Wave? - Jarrett Murphy

A tabloid is taking the Democratic nominee to task for failing to offer a solution to an increase in shootings. But a stroll through the archives suggests recent crime spikes have come and gone.

True or False: New York City Already Bans Racial Profiling - Jarrett Murphy

When the Democrats running for mayor debated, the merits of a proposed ban on profiling figured prominently.

Stop-and-Frisk Ruling: Key Background - Jarrett Murphy

In light of the federal judge's ruling that the NYPD practice violated people's rights, check out our coverage of the neighborhood that saw the most intense use of the strategy.

Checking the Math on Race and Stop-and-Frisk - Jarrett Murphy

How relevant are murder statistics—or even more comprehensive violent crime numbers—in evaluating stop and frisk?

Doubts on Hate-Crime Laws Amid Rash of Anti-Gay Crimes - Jarrett Murphy

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.

Stop and Frisk Coverage Nominated - Jarrett Murphy

We're up for an award from that National Association of Black Journalists.

Gun Violence in NYC: The Killer You Avoid Could Be Yourself - Jarrett Murphy

While New York's gun murder rate is lower than most big cities', it's our low firearm suicide rate that makes gun violence half as likely in the city than in the United States as a whole.

Bloomberg Invokes Terrorism in Case Against NYPD Reforms - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor suggested that Council proposals could lead to more murders, create deadly confusion among police officers and perhaps even make it easier for terrorists to strike the city.

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Does Poverty Cause Child Abuse?

By Dawn Post

Does Poverty Cause Child Abuse?

Poor parents are no more likely to hurt or neglect their kids, the author argues. They're just more likely to be punished for failings both real and imagined.

Custody Battle Delays Mean Kids Grow Up in Family Court

By Dawn Post

Custody Battle Delays Mean Kids Grow Up in Family Court

A shortage of judges means some children and their families spend years in the system, exacerbating whatever problems brought them there in the first place.

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

By Jeff Foreman

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

For six years, the lowest paid human-service workers in New York State have not had a cost of living adjustment, meaning their real wages have shrunk by nearly 12 percent. Is this the year Albany finally wakes up to that injustice?

Racial Disparities Color Media Coverage of Child Abuse Victims

By Dawn Post

Racial Disparities Color Media Coverage of Child Abuse Victims

Whether they are victims of child abuse or lose a parent to murder, kids in some neighborhoods get treated differently when faced with tragedy. Readers and viewers must demand better.

When the Choice is Between Abuse and Homelessness

By Carol Corden and Shola Olatoye

When the Choice is Between Abuse and Homelessness

Almost one-third of homeless families in the shelter system are survivors of domestic violence. Mayor-elect de Blasio needs to act quickly to more adequately serve this vulnerable population.

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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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