Jon Campbell is a staff writer at the Village Voice, where he specializes in narrative journalism with a focus on legal issues and criminal justice. He began his career in California, and is a recipient of the 2009 Freedom of Information Award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He holds a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Also, he made a beer.
2 days ago | Courts
A lawsuit challenging the effectiveness of mental health treatment in New York’s criminal justice system was filed Tuesday from an unlikely source; a convicted killer who says she never would have done it if she received adequate care. The plainti...
6 days ago | Courts
Energy companies that want to frack in New York have been hit with another setback. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York last week upheld a lower court ruling that a 2010 state moratorium on the controversial practice couldn't b...
9 days ago | Politics
Mayor Bill de Blasio is bravely stepping once more unto the breach, this time to combat the latest tabloid-manufactured crisis — boobs with paint on them. The mayor and a host of other elected officials announced today that they would form a “task...
13 days ago | Science
If you’ve been noticing a slightly odd smell coming from your tap water in recent weeks, you’re not alone. And you’re not crazy. So, first off, don't freak out – there’s nothing wrong. New York’s water is as safe and refreshing and definitely not ...
17 days ago | Crime
Seven taxi dispatchers have been brought up on criminal charges after allegedly being caught taking bribes from taxi drivers to cut the line at LaGuardia airport, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The seven defendants weren’t ex...
18 days ago | Politics
A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows our great city’s inter-borough political divide in stark relief, with 76 percent of Staten Islanders saying they oppose the nuclear deal recently struck between Iran and the United States. Oppositi...