By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that bare-body inspections - otherwise known as strip searches - of all inmates entering the general population of a jail are permissible.
The criminal justice system often seems to respond to concerns about crime in only way: by increasing the length of criminal sentences. Time after time, state and federal legislators have done this for drug offenses and a wide range of other crimes.
The advent of DNA evidence in recent years has exposed many wrongful convictions in criminal cases. But the availability of this evidence can also benefit prosecutors. That was the driving force last month as the Legislature passed and Gov. Cuomo signed a major expansion of the DNA database.
Police are human beings; they make mistakes.
A group of mayors from around the state has endorsed the New York Attorney General's plan to create an updated online database to track narcotic painkillers. In recent years New York has witnessed a dramatic uptick in the number of prescriptions given for narcotic painkillers. The development has affected small and big communities alike.