Crime & Tragedy

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Trial transcript and judge's decision from the 2000 civil trial relating to the 1971 Attica prison riots.

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The number of opioid-related deaths rose 47 percent in New York between 2010 and 2014, fueled by a surge in heroin abuse, state records show. The growth in heroin deaths in New York is part of a national trend, but new statistics from the state Health Department show just how stark the problem as become across the state, particularly outside New York City.
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A look at the homicides that have occurred in the region, from 2007 to present.
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A compilation of lawmakers in New York state who have faced legal or ethical charges since 2000.
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More than 2,700 school bus accidents were reported to the state Department of Motor Vehicles between July 2010 and May 2013. Many of the accidents are considered “preventable,” but that does not mean the bus driver was at fault: in numerous instances, the crashes were caused by other motorists. Information in this database comes from copies of form MV-104 on file with the state Department of Education.
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Nearly 40 years after tough new drug laws led to an explosion in prison rolls, New York State has dramatically reversed course, chalking up a 62-percent drop in people serving time for drug crimes today compared with 2000. Experts say that the steep decline was driven by shifting attitudes towards drug offenders and lower crime. Overall, the prison population declined 22 percent. The database below shows the number of inmates sentenced by county, based on the inmate population on one day each in February 2000 and March 2011. It also shows the number of inmates whose top crime of sentencing was a drug crime. Source: Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of state prison databases, provided by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Service.
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Crime outside New York City is continuing its downward trend, with crime down 8 percent from January through May compared to the same period in 2010. Crime statewide has dropped steadily over the past 10 years.

The database below shows the number of crimes reported by each agency for the five-month periods of January to May in 2010 and in 2011.

Some police agencies have been excluded due to delinquent reporting of 2011 data.

The data comes from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System and staff research. Each reported incident is classified as either a violent crime (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) or a property crime (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft).

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State prisons have as many as 8,000 excess beds at their 67 facilities, and the ratio of corrections officers to inmates far exceeds national averages, state records show. A review of population counts and staffing levels by Gannett's Albany Bureau shows that prisons are running at about 88 percent capacity -- with hundreds of open beds at some facilities. These numbers come amid Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans this year to lower the excess bed count by 3,700 to save the state roughly $72 million, perhaps leading to the closure of six prisons. The data as of late April 2011 comes from the state Department of Correctional Services. It does not include the number of beds deemed "restricted vacancies" that can't be closed.
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