What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Print Get It Back!

For most of the 350,000 people arrested in New York City every year, getting arrested is just the beginning of a long and difficult process. Personal property is also taken at the time of arrest, and getting it back depends on how it was categorized by the police. Each category requires a different set of steps, interactions with multiple players in law enforcement, and tight deadlines. The process is frustrating, drawn-out, and confusing, causing many people to give up on getting their property back. To make it worse, there are no published guidelines to help people through this process.

CUP collaborated with The Bronx Defenders and designers L + L to create Get It Back!, a guide that helps New Yorkers who’ve recently been arrested get their stuff back. The illustrated guide breaks down the property seizure and civil forfeiture processes into detailed steps, including what to do when you’re arrested and after you’re released.

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Free For All?

City Studies

Free For All?

We Own It

Making Policy Public

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting