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Samantha reports on whether New Yorkers feel safe and whether the institutions that are supposed to protect them are working. Before coming to WNYC/Gothamist, she spent three years covering the criminal justice system in Tennessee for Nashville Public Radio. Her reporting on Nashville's police department received multiple awards, including the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Samantha was also part of the inaugural class of Report for America, a service journalism program that sends up-and-coming reporters to local newsrooms across the country. She is a Northwestern University grad, a Baltimore native and fluent in Spanish.

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The men allegedly stole $1 million worth of jewelry from Pastor Lamor Whitehead and his wife.


The grants from District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office pay for murals in public housing, tech classes, restorative justice programs, and mentorship sessions.


This comes as the Department of Justice has launched in investigation into the NYPD Special Victims Unit.


A new City Hall report shows New York City’s public safety system is still struggling after the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but does offer some reasons for optimism.


Jumaane Williams' latest report on shootings explores possible solutions to gun violence.


The Civilian Complaint Review Board can now probe claims of discrimination and and failure to use body cams properly.


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