José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded: Changing the Police, To Police or Not To Police
josé a. alvarado jr.
Aug 5, 2022
Location: The Bronx
In Yonkers, as in the rest of the country, a substantial number of police calls involve situations where someone is having a mental health crisis. But are cops the right people to answer those calls?  A growing number of cities across the country think the answer might be "No." Some have launched crisis response programs that offer alternatives to the police for some non-violent mental health emergencies. But in Yonkers, for now, the police still handle these calls.  

In this episode, Embedded, along with its series partner The Marshall Project, looks at what happens when the police are the only option people have. And we ask: when it comes to how much the police "police," is less more?

Photographed for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded.Changing the Police: To Police or Not To Police : Embedded
In Yonkers, as in the rest of the country, a substantial number of police calls involve situations where someone is having a mental health crisis. But are cops the right people to answer those calls? A growing number of cities across the country...
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