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Neighbors and Nightclubs

May 07, 2001

When a recent argument inside the nightclub Tunnel in Chelsea spilled out onto the street, a 16-year old wound up fatally stabbed and another teen was shot. It was just

 

Sanctioning Police Malpractice

May 01, 2001

What is the proper professional punishment for a mistake that results in a person's death? A physician's fatal error, for example, can result in the withdrawal of hospital privileges and

 

Presidential Pardons

Apr 01, 2001

From the founding of the country forward, executive pardons by presidents and governors have been a regular means of mercifully correcting overly harsh laws or easing overly punitive sentencing in

 

Youth Gangs

Mar 05, 2001

At a recent public forum at City Council, police, school officials, politicians, and other experts offered their best guesses as to why the number of gang members in the city

 

The Real Gangs of New York

Mar 05, 2001

At a recent public forum at City Council, police, school officials, politicians, and other experts offered their best guesses as to why the number of gang members in the city

 

Comissioner Bernard Kerik and the three priorities

Mar 01, 2001

It has been a good six months for Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. The police department released data showing that major crimes (murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and

 

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

Feb 26, 2001

Elaine Bartlett was a 26-year-old mother of four living in East Harlem when she was sentenced to 20-to-life for selling four ounces of cocaine to an informant. It was her

 

Lessons and Legacy of Amadou Diallo

Feb 01, 2001

The sad saga of the Amadou Diallo case in the American criminal justice system has come to an end with the Jan. 31 announcement by the Justice Department that it

 

School safety

Dec 01, 2000

A new statewide law, the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Law will take effect. Though it is credited with being the most aggressive legislation of its kind in the

 

Election Special: Who's Tougher on Crime?

Oct 01, 2000

Though candidates always promise to get tough on crime, most this campaign season have replaced any actual discussion of crime policy with more pressing "me" issues (such as: How will