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ARTICLES BY: Rosa Goldensohn

Rosa is a reporter for THE CITY. She was previously a reporter for Politico New York, Crain’s New York Business and DNAinfo, and also checked facts at The New York Times.

  1. jails

    De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

    Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.

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  2. justice

    New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

    Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.

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  3. prevention plan

    Safe Injection Ruling Boosts Hope State Will OK Drug Centers

    A Philadelphia federal judge finds law permits supervised drug use facilities aimed at preventing overdoses, removing a Cuomo administration concern.

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  4. jails

    Jailers Should Call Detainees by Name, Council Bill Demands

    Measure aims to bring reforms to the proposed post-Rikers Island borough lockups — but correction officers and some inmate advocates aren’t happy.

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  5. drug related

    City’s Aging Black Residents Dying of Cocaine-Involved ODs in Rising Numbers

    Many of the fatalities are unrelated to opioids, Health Department data show, as officials struggle to understand the increase.

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  6. rikers island

    City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

    A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.

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  7. criminal justice

    Brooklyn Jail on Fast Track to Shutdown

    Detention Complex looking to clear out within months, moving male inmates into Rikers’ female wing, say union sources.

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  8. corporate communication

    After Amazon Loss, Economic Development Corp. Hired Big Guns for Local Battles

    EDC brought in a top public relations firm to help it “navigate political and community-related opposition” following the HQ2 debacle.

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  9. jails

    Rikers Body Scanners Feed Unrestricted Solitary Confinement

    Jailers can now hold some new arrivals in “separation status” to retrieve smuggled items — bypassing rules on who usually can be kept in isolation.

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  10. solitary options

    Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

    A growing chorus of critics wants to strictly limit or ban isolation in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s death. But what are the alternatives?

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  11. solitary confinement

    Layleen Polanco’s Mother Files Lawsuit Over Rikers Death

    Correction officials ignored the medical needs of the woman who died in solitary — and “took no action” to get her help, court papers charge.

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  12. rikers island

    Medical Condition Should Have Kept Polanco From Solitary, Experts Say

    As Elizabeth Warren and others called for reform, former jail health experts said Layleen Polanco’s seizure disorder should have been a red flag.

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  13. layleen polanco

    Layleen Polanco Died of Epileptic Seizure in Solitary, Autopsy Reveals

    The 27-year-old was on anti-seizure medication at Rikers Island. Her family lawyer charged she died of “indifference and neglect.”

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  14. hard choices

    Jury’s Out on Prosecution of Parents Who Leave Kids in Cars

    Some DAs urge caution in pressing criminal charges like those against Juan Rodriguez in the death of his young twins in the Bronx.

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  15. hot spots

    Sweltering City Jail Cells Need Air Conditioning, Says Board of Correction

    The BOC conducted surprise visits to jails this weekend and said City Hall must supply relief to inmates and staff before the next scorcher.

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  16. cell plan

    BP Brewer Proposes Women’s Jail for Lockup with Central Park View

    The Manhattan borough president wants Rikers women moved into the Lincoln Correctional Facility, a prime property whose future has sparked debate.

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  17. layleen polanco

    Rikers Island Solitary Unit Back in Use After Polanco Death

    Officials moved eight detainees into punitive segregation unit of women’s jail, despite growing calls to end the practice.

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  18. layleen polanco

    Jail Oversight Board Floats Solitary Reforms After Polanco Death

    The Board of Correction, which oversees Rikers Island and other city jails, is mulling ideas to limit the use of so-called punitive segregation.

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  19. layleen polanco

    Ten Miles From Stonewall: Polanco Death Haunts a Prideful Celebration

    Layleen Polanco, a transgender 27-year-old woman, died in a jail cell just as a month of rainbow-hued events celebrating LGBTQIA progress kicked off.

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  20. layleen polanco

    Pols Call to End ‘Torture’ of Solitary Confinement in City Jails

    The death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island prompts a strong statement from City Council progressives who demand action amid a growing movement.

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  21. layleen polanco

    Rikers Empties Women’s Solitary Unit After Polanco Death

    The 27-year-old transgender woman had been held there for nine days when she died following a hospital stay. The case is under investigation.

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  22. layleen polanco

    Ballroom Family Mourns Layleen Polanco, Who Spent Week in Hospital While Jailed

    Layleen Polanco, the 27-year-old who died in solitary last week, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for eight days just two weeks before her death.

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  23. rikers island

    Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in Jail, Another Detainee Died

    Jose Rivera, 54, had been in city jail custody for 33 days on a parole violation when he died Sunday. He never saw a lawyer.

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  24. rikers island

    Questions Over Why Layleen Polanco Was Jailed Amid $500 Bail

    Lawmakers demand answers in case of the transgender woman, who died in solitary confinement on Rikers Island while held on misdemeanor charges.

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  25. rikers island

    Woman Who Died at Rikers Island Was in Solitary

    Layleen Polanco, 27, was being punished in solitary confinement after being jailed on misdemeanor charges and held on $500 bail, sources said.

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  26. boxed out

    Victims of the Storage Wars: Losing All to Auctions

    The self-storage industry offers hopes of saving cherished belongings in a space-starved city. But when fees rack up, customers can lose everything.

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  27. undocumented

    State Assembly Poised to Greenlight Licenses for Immigrant Drivers

    Gov. Cuomo supports the measure as pressure mounts on holdouts in the newly Democratic Senate with the legislative session nearing its end.

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  28. boxed out

    Unclaimed Self-Storage Funds Give Glimpse Into New Yorkers’ Disrupted Lives

    More than $1 million sits unclaimed from auctioned storage units. Have you lost stuff? Let us know — we want your storage stories.

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  29. juvenile justice

    City Unfairly Scrapped Kids’ ‘Parole,’ Court Ruling Finds

    Judge decides rules used by Administration for Children’s Services officials to send youths back to juvenile facilities “have no force of law.”

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  30. change unfolding

    Push to Repeal Gravity Knife Ban Gains Momentum

    A court ruling, city prosecutors’ shifts and a new mood in Albany bolster effort to decriminalize blades commonly sold in stores and carried for work.

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  31. running bill

    Progressive Promises: Bill de Blasio’s New York City Record

    The mayor of America’s biggest city touts accomplishments from Pre-K to policing as he readies for the campaign trail. Here’s how he’s delivered.

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  32. running bill

    Bill de Blasio’s Unfinished Business

    As he wages an expected presidential run, the mayor leaves some projects that are behind schedule or have deadlines looming. Here are seven to watch.

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  33. kawaski trawick

    Video Footage of Fatal Police Shooting Raises New Questions

    Why didn’t cops just close the door instead of shooting Kawaski Trawick in his Bronx apartment, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams asks.

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  34. worker safety

    One-Third of Construction Deaths Logged by Feds Go Uncounted by City

    The Buildings Dept. is charged with monitoring the city’s most lethal industry. But OSHA stats show stark differences in assessing deaths on the job.

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  35. jails

    City Hall’s New Post-Rikers Island Jails Will Be Smaller

    The de Blasio administration aims to shrink its four planned new lockups, thanks to a bigger, faster reduction of the inmate population than expected.

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  36. death on the job

    Construction Deaths Go Unreported as Building Owners Ignore Law

    Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.

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  37. police shooting

    Pols Demand Answers After Details of Kawaski Trawick Killing Revealed

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called for “full transparency” from the NYPD as other officials said they were examining the shooting.

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  38. police shooting

    How a Bronx Man was Killed by Police After Dueling 911 Calls

    Kawaski Trawick called for help after getting locked out of his apartment. Others called the NYPD on him. His grief-stricken father wants answers.

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  39. immigration

    ICE Courts a Fight Over State Bid to Limit Arrests

    Court officers say they’ll be handcuffed if federal agents defy a new policy requiring warrants to seize immigrants: “We will not interfere.”

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  40. ferries

    Double Duty: How an Overseer of NYC Ferry Became an Investor

    Mark Patricof, a member of the Economic Development Corp.’s board, advised a buyout of NYC Ferry parent company Hornblower last year.

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  41. arrested

    Shift in State Law Could Spare Many Charged With Misdemeanors From Lockup

    Low-level offenses are likely to be given more leniency under provision tucked into Albany budget deal.

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  42. jails

    City Scrambles to Open Special Units for Mentally Ill Inmates

    Only three of nine new jail units promised in 2016 are operating. That’s raised concerns the city won’t complete the other six by its 2020 deadline.

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  43. ferries

    Stringer Fires Another Torpedo at EDC’s Embattled Ships

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has sent back an $82 million plan to buy new boats, questioning the integrity of the EDC’s selection process.

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  44. ferries

    Comptroller: Put NYC Ferries in DOT Hands

    After THE CITY revealed the high cost of EDC’s decision to buy boats for a new system, Scott Stringer called for a Transportation Dept. takeover.

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  45. ferries

    City Hall’s $369 Million Riverboat Gamble on Ferries

    Taxpayers are poised to pay for a bevy of ferry boats – a cost that might have been avoided had officials picked another bidder, documents show.

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  46. jails

    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to Hospitals

    A new possibility in plans to close Rikers Island jails: relocation of mentally ill and medically needy to secure hospital facilities

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