gang law

New Gang Law: Ripe for Abuse and Problems within the System

The new anti-gang law signed by Governor Quinn this week may sound like it makes sense theoretically, but it will likely become a real problem in its day to day application.  The law is aimed at punishing gang members who are found to be in possession of a firearm.  When looking at the gang violence Read more about New Gang Law: Ripe for Abuse and Problems within the System[…]

institutional violence

Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and it Exacerbates Youth Violence

To a certain degree Daley is right (see quote below), gang territories change so quickly that always altering who goes to what school depending on who took over the corner would be a ridiculous proposition.  The problem with the statement is that it completely ignores the fact that the city has and continues to put Read more about Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and it Exacerbates Youth Violence[…]

Unintended Consequences

Gangs, Violent Crime, and Unintended Consequences

In the face of all the latest reporting on the 18% up-tick in violent crime in Chicago there has been scarcely little discussion of cause and effect in the media or among policy makers. However, a recent admission by Chicago police spokesperson Monique Bond underscores the role that police policy and actions play in inadvertently Read more about Gangs, Violent Crime, and Unintended Consequences[…]