Two Long Islanders, Juré Fiorillo and Kevin Dwyer have just published a book "True Stories of Law & Order: The Real Crimes Behind the Best Episodes of the Hit TV Show" about the stories from which some episodes were "ripped". On the advice from their publisher (Doubleday, I think) they didn't seek permission from Law & Order in order not to be beholden to them. The books focus is on the victims "In the show as in the newspapers, the victim often gets forgotten. The villain becomes more interesting for the public." said Fiorillo. It includes pictures and some of the real police procedures. They are thinking of doing an SVU and LOCI versions.
It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.