Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

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.

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Public Access Design

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Who Makes Bail?

Urban Investigations

Who Makes Bail?

Don't Trash NYC!

Public Access Design

Don't Trash NYC!