In which we navigate the multiple databases used by New York City courts and update our summonses map to include data from community courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan
What’s the right punishment for drinking a beer in the park? Or staying there past 1 a.m.? For Brooklyn Judge Alex Calabrese, it’s whatever helps the offender and the community get to a better place.
The seed of this story was a question: Did data exist that could offer a more objective view into the issue of NYPD summonses and race than was being offered in impassioned and political editorials? We soon found out that very few people knew where to find such data or if it even existed.
Are the police violating New Yorkers’ civil rights one summons at a time? What the geography of 350,000 pink slips in New York City reveals.
Private contractors are poised to intensify the city’s efforts to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid parking and other tickets.