Community Investment as a Violence Reduction Strategy

Violence reduction strategies are all too often centered in a criminal justice system response while ignoring the economic alternatives that can play a much more effective role reducing violence over the long-term. For this to happen the electorate in Chicago needs to hold their political leaders accountable for their votes not just on justice issues Read more about Community Investment as a Violence Reduction Strategy[…]


CPS $30 Million Plan: Are They Preventing or Altering Victimization?

In understanding victimization and the typical institutional response to these incidents one must look closely at whether the response is addressing root causes for violence or altering who the victim will be.  A clear example of this is the Chicago Police practice of placing Police Observation Devices (POD) cameras at intersections and street corners where Read more about CPS $30 Million Plan: Are They Preventing or Altering Victimization?[…]

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Losing CPS Students to Violence

What are we to make of all the attention in the media about the number of Chicago Public School (CPS) students that have been killed in violent incidents this last school year? For one, we are surely not supposed to look at the true root causes, social causes, of violence in underprivileged neighborhood. The true Read more about Losing CPS Students to Violence[…]