The state’s approval rate for parole applications has been sliced in half since 2005. Inmates convicted of high-profile crimes face almost insurmountable barriers—because of politics, not the penal code.
A popular kind of detector is poor at sensing certain types of fires. Some lawmakers want New York City to require property owners to also install a more expensive kind.
New York is thinking about diverting garbage from out-of-state landfills and using it to generate electricity locally. The plan pits concerns about city spending and carbon emissions against fears of environmental injustice.