Ashleigh Chapman-Jones

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The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Crime

4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015

New Year’s resolutions are like traffic. As the driver, your focus is intent while trying to “get there;” you see others pass you by; you get held up at a red light that slows down progress. Distractions such as the radio, crazy drivers, cellphones (in some states) preclude you from focusing on the …

6 Things You’ll Have to Give Up if You Want to Lose Weight FOR GOOD

Remember: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.<p>Juice fasting, low-carb, Paleo, the Master Cleanse—if you’re someone who struggles with her weight, you might always be looking for the hot new diet that will magically make it all easier. Sorry to break it to you, but staying slim and healthy is usually …

Nutrition

12 Sweet Hand Pies to Make for Dessert

What is it about mini desserts that makes them so irresistible? We can never get enough of these personal-sized sweets, so we’ve got a collection of 12 tasty hand pie recipes perfect for year-round baking. Not just for dessert, each petite pastry also makes for excellent after school (or work) …

Baking

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …