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Adams Anti-Gun Blueprint Puts ‘Cure Violence’ Groups Center Stage

Vowing to involve many city agencies in curbing shootings, mayor says he’ll assess precinct commanders on how successfully they team up with grassroots anti-crime organizations.

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Former Nurse Faces Court Battle After Being Shot by Cops During Mental Health Crisis

Defense lawyers say the Staten Island case highlights the problem of having the NYPD handle emergency calls involving emotionally disturbed people.

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State Revamps Its Bail Reform Stats

New numbers remove rearrests after original cases closed — and show more than two in five supervised release participants get arrested again while still in the program.

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Four in 10 Bail Reform Release Program Participants Rearrested, State Stats Show

City Hall expanded supervised release to create an alternative to Rikers Island and ensure defendants show up for trial. The number being rearrested far exceeds projections.

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Eric Adams’ New Jail Commissioner Pushes Out Acclaimed Head of Investigations

Commissioner Louis Molina on Monday asked Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Investigation Sarena Townsend to immediately step down. Townsend was lauded by a federal monitor overseeing the department, but unions wanted her gone.

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Legal Weed Shops May Not Hit in 2022, New York. Here’s What We Know

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Facial Recognition Finds Its Match in Once Crime-Plagued Bronx Housing Complex

Residents and neighbors say they don’t mind the dozen-block gauntlet of cameras set up by the Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association in Mott Haven — unlike Brooklyn tenants who filed a complaint with the state.

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Eric Adams Wavers on Bail Beef-Up Pledge, Demands Judges Use Their Muscle

The mayor-elect, appearing on ABC’s "The View," told Whoopi Goldberg a meeting with a bail bill architect convinced him it’s possible to lock up dangerous offenders without an Albany roll-back of reforms.

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NYPD Gang Database Targeted By City Council Member

Antonio Reynoso proposes bill to ban list of tens of thousands of Black and Latino New Yorkers monitored by police as potential members of criminal crews.

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He Was Wrongfully Convicted of a Killing That Took Place Days After 9/11. Where Did Justice Go Awry?

In 2019, a Brooklyn judge exonerated Bladimil Arroyo after the DA found police coerced him into making a false confession for a killing that took place on Sept. 16, 2001. A review found the terror attack was a factor in a disjointed case.

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Rikers Staffing Crisis Limits Access to Medical Care

With thousands of officers not coming into work, incarcerated people aren’t getting escorted to their medical appointments, a New York Focus investigation finds.

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City Readies to Pay Incentives to People at Risk of Committing Gun Violence

The Advance Peace model of mentoring and rewards for reaching life goals has been proven to work in other cities and is about to get its biggest test yet.

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Prosecutors From Manhattan to Albany Now Examining Cuomo Harassment Cases

Four New York district attorneys are scouring investigative files compiled by the state attorney general to determine whether the governor may have committed any crimes in their jurisdictions. The cases focus on allegations of inappropriate touching.

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Could Cuomo Face Jail Time Following Attorney General’s Harassment Report?

At least two of the cases detailed in AG Letitia James’ damning 168-page report fall within the two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor forcible touching or third-degree sexual assault, legal experts say. One criminal probe is already underway.

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Department of Investigation Confirms Probe of NYPD Gang Database After Advocates Rally

The DOI on Tuesday revealed it began investigating the Criminal Group Database in 2018 — and told THE CITY the examination is "now in its final stages." The news came after a coalition of activist groups renewed calls for a look into the controversial files.

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New York Judges Lock the Accused Out of Their Homes, Skirting Review Required by Landmark Ruling, Critics Charge

An appellate court ordered hearings for defendants facing orders of protection that could separate them from their homes and families. But some judges — following a memo from state court officials — aren’t adhering to the ruling, defense lawyers say.

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All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion: Federal Report

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply?

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Bragg Holds Slim Lead in Manhattan District Attorney Race But Absentee Ballots Loom

In one of the few contests without ranked choice voting, Harlem-born prosecutor Alvin Bragg was up by about 7,000 votes on Tali Farhadian Weinstein. But tens of thousands of absentee ballots won’t be counted for weeks.

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No New Jails? Next Mayor Could Scrap de Blasio’s Close-Rikers Plan

On the campaign trail, those vying for City Hall are hedging their bets on the lockup blueprint to build four new jails. Justice reform advocates pushing for the $8.2 billion project worry the next mayor won’t keep it on track.

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Meet Your Mayor: Criminal Justice

See which candidates for NYC mayor agree with you most on criminal justice.