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Using Maps and Networks to Reduce Gun Violence

Using Maps and Networks to Reduce Gun Violence

“Sociology professor Andrew Papachristos has been interested in criminal justice ever since childhood, when his Greek immigrant parents were the victims of gang violence on Chicago’s North Side. Now, his research applies public health concepts and network science to map gun violence in U.S. cities, in an effort to save lives and craft more effective long-term prevention policies…” Read more at Northwestern Now.

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Op-Ed: Another way to look at Chicago's number of killings

Op-Ed: Another way to look at Chicago's number of killings

“In absolute terms, homicides declined in Chicago through the early 1990s and leveled off in the early 2000s, falling to levels not seen since the 1960s. With a few noted spikes in the number of homicides (including 2016), most neighborhoods in Chicago are safer today than they were in 1992. But the homicide gap has gotten worse…”

New AJS Article on Neighborhoods and Networks, Papachristos & Bastomski

New AJS Article on Neighborhoods and Networks, Papachristos & Bastomski

“This study considers how a particular behavior, criminal co-offending, creates direct and indirect pathways between neighborhoods. Analyzing administrative records and survey data, the authors find that individual acts of co-offending link together to create a ‘network of neighborhoods…'”

Inequality in Chicago Neighborhood Homicide Rates Increased Over 20-Year Period

Inequality in Chicago Neighborhood Homicide Rates Increased Over 20-Year Period

“While nearly all neighborhoods in Chicago benefited from reductions in homicide, relative inequality in crime between the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods actually increased by 10 percent over recent years, according to a new Northwestern University study.”

CPD Releases 2019 Strategic Plan

CPD Releases 2019 Strategic Plan

The Chicago Police Department released their 2019 Strategic Plan early this January. Click here to read the plan which features statements from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson.

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