Nuisance Abatement Used to Force Out New Yorkers

Nuisance Abatement Used to Force Out New Yorkers

New York City police are using little-known laws to kick people out of their homes, even if they haven't been charged with a crime. ProPublica and the New York Daily News received the Pulitzer Prize for public service for this ongoing series.

From ProPublica/New York Daily News:

The series of articles by Sarah Ryley detailed a little-known NYPD practice — lawsuits that allow police to ban people from their homes or businesses, without due process, under claims that they are being used for illegal purposes. The measure was initially conceived to push out the sex industry from Times Square.

In her initial analysis Ryley spotted the alarming trend of residents who were not convicted of crimes, and who were even cleared of their charges, but removed from their homes anyway. The cases, roughly 1,000 in New York City each year, happened almost exclusively in communities of color.

Then a data projects editor and investigative reporter at the New York Daily News, Ryley had been looking into nuisance abatement laws for more than a year, while juggling other responsibilities. To allow for the kind of long-term, in-depth reporting and data work that the story demanded, Ryley joined forces with ProPublica.

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