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Murder Rate Plummets In Chicago

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 06:28:54 CST
By: IPR's Robert Wildeboer

Chicago is closing out the year with a much lower homicide rate than 2012. IPR's Robert Wildeboer reports:

Last year the number of murders in Chicago spiked to 500. This year we're at about a hundred less. That's an almost 20 percent drop though that is a little misleading given how bad 2012 was in the context of the last 5 years. But if you want to figure out why the number is back down again, well, that's tough says criminologist Andrew Papachristos.
"Because in a city like Chicago there are just so many moving parts."

Like gentrification, warmer weather, cooler weather, safe passage, other innovations in policing.

"And there are a lot of things you can do to say drive crime rates down today that may or may not have long term effects."

As an example Papachristos says violence intervention programs can bring down violence now and better schools can't do that. But better schools would be an important part of a long-term anti-violence strategy.

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