The scene at The Bahche, a popular coffee shop on Third Avenue and 7th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn, was far from a typical pre-protest gathering. Rather than the requisite leather-clad anarchists and angry militants, more than 60 Gowanus residents were sipping free hot chocolate while they toiled ... More >>
If a good compromise is one in which neither side is happy, then New York's prison system leaders should be proud of themselves for angering just about everyone with their decision to build a giant facility for ex-criminals in the middle of Gowanus. Except it kind of wasn't really a compromise at al ... More >>
Last week, Mohaman Koti faced the parole board for the eighth time. He had been in prison since 1978. He was serving a 25-years-to-life sentence. By now he was 87 years old, hard of hearing and suffering from several health problems. He gets around on a wheelchair. The parole board had already deeme ... More >>
Seventeen years after a woman murdered her alleged rapist, a State Supreme Court judge has issued a rare decision, ordering a parole board that declined to set her free to reconsider. The current case stems from a September night in 1995, when 21-year-old Imagio Santana was found shot to death on a ... More >>
What are the odds that when detectives go to question a parolee about two cold case murders they find another body in his house? In the case of Westchester killer Lucius Crawford -- who's already served prison time for stabbing six women -- the odds were apparently pretty good, because that's exactl ... More >>
Yesterday, the NYPD released letters,Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wrote to the New York State Parole Board, urging its members to deny parole for inmates Todd Scott, David McClary, Philip Copeland and Scott Cobb. All four criminals are eligible for parole in November. In his appeal, Kelly outlined ... More >>
*UPDATE* We've compiled a list of what McAleese stole that would warrant such a lengthy prison sentence. Ribs and Saki are involved.When 43-year-old Shawn McAleese was tunneling his way into Manhattan businesses to steal stuff earlier this year, he probably didn't think he could potentially face mor ... More >>
Since our prior post about Manhattan tunnel thief Shawn McAleese -- who just found out today that he'll likely be a guest of the state for longer than a convicted murderer -- we got our hands on the criminal complaint that details exactly what he stole to earn such a lengthy prison sentence.The thou ... More >>
We hate to say it, but if you're planning on violently sexually assaulting another human being, you'd be better off murdering them first.Not that we condone violently sexually assaulting or murdering anyone, but in Manhattan, the punishment for murder is often less severe than the punishment for pre ... More >>
Mystikal comes to NYC, however briefly
Orange County sex offender Michael Mele -- who achieved sex offender status for masturbating on women at a mall in 2007 -- learned his fate this afternoon after pleading guilty in January to manslaughter for the 2008 death of a Brooklyn woman he met at a Manhattan nightclub.Mele was sentenced by ... More >>
Chris Rock makes his Broadway debut
You heard me. Driton Nicaj attacked Joe Holladay on the Upper East Side last year and used the word "faggot," though a judge somehow pooh-poohed the hate crime angle.
A month after he was seen leaving a nightclub with Laura Garza, who has not been seen since, prime suspect/sex offender Michael Mele still hasn't been nailed for her disappearance, despite ample circumstantial evidence, though he remains in custody over parole violations. Now they have something els ... More >>
On the day before Christmas, police appear to have stepped up their efforts to find the remains of Laura Garza, the young Texas woman who left a Chelsea club with a sex offender on December 3 and has not been seen since. Police divers have cut through the ice on Echo Lake and sought her there, and t ... More >>
"I can't wait to hear how you translate this in the Village Voice, cause them motherfuckers need this." Over the course of a 40 minute phone conversation rock legend and conservative firebrand Ted Nugent discussed his new book, Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, his charity work, the state ... More >>
Forbidden love in the bar scene
The end of Pataki's throw-away-the-key policy hits a 35-year-old snag
State to sex offenders: You're scary enough. No masks, no costumes, no candy, stay home.
In a shocker, aging rogue cop and Knapp rat Bill Phillips finally wins parole in murder case he says was a frame-up
Play "Spot the Filmmaker" in Sirk and Fuller's obscure, early film noir
Daring to doubt the governor's wisdom
Yesterday, a Manhattan judge ordered former NYPD officer Bill Phillips released from prison on parole. As Voice reporter Sean Gardiner wrote in August, the former corrupt cop turned whistle-blower had been denied freedom by the parole board every odd year since 1999. Phillips, 76, had been be ... More >>
Still stuck in prison for three decades: the once famous, now forgotten, Bill Phillips
The Falls bar was nearly empty Monday night, and business didn't get any better after four TV news trucks rolled up in the rain to film a hasty press conference called by community activists. They were exulting in the news that the State Liquor Authority has initiated proceedings that could revoke t ... More >>
In the latest friction between federal agents and the Puerto Rican independence movement, the FBI busted a veteran militant in San Juan yesterday for allegedly violating the terms of his release from federal prison. The timing of Antonio Camacho Negron's arrest makes independentistas suspicious, be ... More >>
Thousands of New York inmates have hepatitis C. Only a few hundred get treatment.
New York's war on drugs held her hostage for 16 years. A story of prison, politics, and one woman's pride.
Sharing a bill, three writers contemplate the Eternal Triangle: A man, a woman, a problem
Confusion over felon voting bans keeps even the eligible from the polls
Freedom's just another word for power-mad parole officers
How Pataki Protects the People Who Fix the Parole Board
Pataki and D'Amato's Pick Is Unqualified and Tainted
The Guv's Attempt to Name a Prosecutor Lays Bare His Own Scandal
A Day in the Life of a Parole Officer
La Bodega Forges Alliance With Parole Officers to Help the Hidden Victims of Addiction
A Pardon That Clinton Didnt Grant
New York's War on Drugs Held Her Hostage for 16 Years. A Story of Prison, Politics, and One Woman's Pride.
The Ordeal That Binds the Mother of an Incest Victim and Reverend Al Sharpton
Prisoners Plan a Work Stoppage To Protest Parole Cuts
Just before Christmas Governor Pataki is expected to commute the sentences of a few state prisoners. Will any of these women get lucky?
Mike Long's party is feasting at the state trough