all stories tagged "criminal justice"


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Brenden Beck  |  February 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
With fewer people incarcerated upstate and New York’s farms showing signs of a resurgence, dairy is an economic alternative to the prison industry.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 9, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Watch out Spike Lee -- the young directors featured in the New Voices in Black Cinema festival bring tales of love, loss and hope back to Brooklyn.VIDEO
Bronx criminal defense lawyer Elliot Shapiro write songs inspired by his 42-year legal career. Photo courtesy of Elliot Shapiro.
George Bodarky  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A lot of songs have been written over the years about work, from Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" to Rose Royce's "Car Wash." Elliot Shapiro works in a field that does not exactly lend itself to song -- he's a criminal defense lawyer in the Bronx -- but that sure hasn't stopped him. VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  January 26, 2012 4:00 AM | 35 Comments

After another bout of anti-Semitic incidents in the Tri-State area, an encounter with a white supremacist made MetroFocus’ Dan Allen realize just how common intolerance can be.

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Georgia Kral  |  January 11, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
City educators and advocates share their predictions -- and their hopes -- for what makes it into Bloomberg's State of the City address.
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Alex Vitale  |  October 26, 2011 4:00 AM | 5 Comments
MetroFocus took a look at the surprising roots of disorderly conduct as a legal concept in 14th-century British common law and the myriad ways in which the NYPD has used it.
Schools often target students they deem "problematic" and repeatedly suspend them, even for minor infractions. The student then misses school for extended periods of time and falls behind academically. Flickr/Clint McMahon
Emily Shaw, Liz Sullivan and Refat Shoshi Chowdhury for Gotham Gazette  |  September 27, 2011 9:48 AM | Comments
City schools suspend thousands of students a year, sparking a chain of events that compels many teenagers to give up on school. Three advocates argue New York must find a better way. Gotham Gazette Reports.
Rosario Lucero, center, stands near the site where her son Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008, in Patchogue, N.Y., Monday, April 19, 2010, after his killer, Jeffrey Conroy, was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime but acquitted of murder. At left is Lucero's brother Joselo Lucero, and at right is sister Isabel Lucero. The family went to the site of the incident after they left the Suffolk County courthouse Monday. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sam Lewis  |  September 21, 2011 2:39 PM | Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 1:00 PM | 4 Comments
Three years ago, the racially charged killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island made national headlines. MetroFocus looks at where the players involved are today.VIDEO
City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, a leading sponsor of a bill to limit the city's cooperation with federal immigration officials, spoke at a rally before the measure was introduced on Wednesday. Jane C. Timm/Gotham Gazette
Jane C. Timm for Gotham Gazette  |  August 22, 2011 10:14 AM | Comments
A majority of City Council members has moved to take on the Obama administration and current city policy in an effort to reduce the threat of deportation for some of New York's undocumented residents.
Brash Twitter users might find the NYPD at their door. The department's new social media unit plans to bolster police activity online. Flickr/ Sean Mactree.
John Farley  |  August 11, 2011 5:33 PM | 2 Comments
While politicians were (hopefully) schooled in the unsavory usage of social media by the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, there's now another group that ought to heed the perils of overshares on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter: criminals.
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