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 New York Times: Behind 94 Acts of Shocking Violence, Years of Glaring Mistakes
josé a. alvarado jr.
Nov 21, 2023
Location: New York City
Summary
New York officials have escaped scrutiny for repeated failures to help homeless mentally ill people, a New York Times investigation has found.
For years, the social safety net intended to help homeless, mentally ill people like Mr. Gomez — and keep them from unraveling violently — has failed in glaring and preventable ways. Yet rather than be held accountable, a New York Times investigation has found, city and state agencies have repeated the same errors again and again, insulated from scrutiny by state laws that protect patient privacy but hide failings from public view.

Violent attacks by homeless, mentally ill people are relatively rare. In fact, mentally ill people are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than to commit one. But each act of violence — every subway shoving, stabbing or slashing — can shake the city’s psyche.

Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Amy Julia Harris and Jan Ransom.

Andy Newman and Chelsia Rose Marcius contributed reporting. Susan C. Beachy contributed research.

Produced by Eve Edelheit, Eden Weingart and Dagny Salas.
Behind 94 Acts of Shocking Violence, Years of Glaring Mistakes
New York officials have escaped scrutiny for repeated failures to help homeless mentally ill people, a New York Times investigation has found.
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