Jeffrey Nelson, 17, of Flatbush. Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York, where he has been stopped and frisked several times on his way home.

Life at the Epicenter of Stop-and-Frisk

No precinct saw more police stops in 2011 than the 75th in East New York, and no patrol sector in the 7-5 had more encounters than Sector E. There, realism about crime and resentment of the police go hand-in-hand.

Victor Herrera, 45, was locked up in Rikers in 2010. He says he was put in the solitary as punishment for complaining about conditions.

Solitary Confinement On the Rise at Rikers

There's been a 44 percent jump in the number of punitive segregation cells in city jails the past two years. Jail officials say it's to prevent violence, but advocates argue the punishment is counterproductive.

The building on 178th Street in the Bronx where six firefighters were forced to leap from a fourth-floor window. Two died. Prosecutors unsuccessfully charged tenants and owners for illegally partitioning the apartment in which the men became trapped.

Why Bad Landlords Aren’t Locked Up

Prosecuting property owners for alleged negligence linked to fatal fires is hard to do, experts say. It’s only regularly attempted in high-profile cases involving firefighter victims.

Francisco Gonzalez came out of Rikers in 2007 with a new resolve, but no place to stay. Sometimes he would take shelter in a Laundromat, crash at his sister's apartment or sleep outside in her car.

Leaving Prison, Free … and Homeless

It's hard for many New Yorkers to find an apartment they can afford. Those getting out of jail or prison face even steeper obstacles—especially those who need not just a place to sleep, but some help adjusting to life on the outside.