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I write about crime for @pacificstand and edit @thebafflermag's website. Previously: @CJR, @capitalnewyork, @longformpodcast.

Faster Justice, Closer: The Power of Community Courts — Community courts across the country are fighting judicial backlog and lowering re-arrest rates. * In the summer of 1993, the New York Times reported on what was, at the time, the start of a three-year experiment in local justice-the opening of the Midtown Community Court in Manhattan.

Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults — In a long-awaited move, New York City's Department of Correction has finally decided to end its practice of putting teenaged offenders in solitary confinement cells. Currently, fights and other infractions can land kids in solitary for weeks, months, sometimes years.

Can prisons predict which inmates will try to escape? — When considered in relation to the sheer size of the incarcerated population of the United States, prison escapes are rare and on the decline - and most escaped convicts are quickly caught. Still, jailbreak stories are always bound to make the news, tapping into, as they do, our twin emotions of fear and adventure.

Can Prisons Predict Which Inmates Will Try to Escape? — And what can they do to prevent it? * When considered in relation to the sheer size of the incarcerated population of the United States, prison escapes are rare and on the decline -and most escaped convicts are quickly caught.

Adoption Fraud and Pregnancy Scams — Another group that's especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child. * Fraudsters and fakes of all kinds know to choose the most vulnerable and trusting people as their victims, which makes their crimes heinous, and also makes their crimes possible in the first place.

When Counterfeit and Contaminated Drugs Are Deadly — The cost and the crackdown, worldwide. * For Food and Drug Administration and law enforcement officials with a special interest in cracking down on counterfeit and contaminated pharmaceuticals, September has already proved to be a very busy month.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Linked With Heroin — As states crack down hard on pain prescriptions, some are seeing a resurgence in abuse of the harder stuff. * There are times when crime-fighting and public health policy can resemble giant games of Whac-A-Mole. Increase police patrols and bright streetlamps to fight street crime in one neighborhood, and that crime might just migrate to the next neighborhood over.

The psychological trauma of witnessing an execution — The inimitable Pamela Colloff has a story in Texas Monthly called "The Witness." It's a powerful portrait of Michelle Lyons, a woman who watched 278 executions by lethal injection over 10 years - as part of her job, first as a reporter on the prison, and then as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

SWAT Pranks and SWAT Mistakes — Last week, a popular video-game livestream was interrupted when a player's door was busted in by a team of highly weaponized and adrenaline-pumped cops. Twenty-three-year-old Jordan Mathewson's webcam and microphone captured the whole tense and terrifying episode as they cursed at him, pointed AR-15s and shotguns at him, and cuffed him on the floor.

Making officers more diverse isn't enough to stop police violence — The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, has inspired nationwide protest and reflection about (among other things) the racial dynamics of police departments and the communities they serve.
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Oct 21, 2014

.@NewYorkObserver At the Koons exhibit last weekend I saw a teen taking a selfie VIDEO, walking the whole room, grinning in front of art.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @NYBloodCenter: @lkirchner Lauren thanks and yes we do. It brings you that much closer to the lives you save and we always thank you.

Oct 21, 2014

Another cool part about giving at @NYBloodCenter is they email you after, telling you which hospital your blood ultimately went to & when.

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