Crime Lab Violence in Chicago: Highlights From a Times Event
New York Times / May 4, 2017
By Mitch Smith
More than 760 people were murdered in this city last year, and the pace of bloodshed in 2017 has barely relented. Children in large portions of Chicago grow up afraid to venture outside. Teenagers are buried with numbing regularity.
The root causes of the violence are familiar, and they can seem intractable: poverty, segregation, subpar education, distrust of the police.
Several local leaders spoke on Wednesday in Chicago with journalists from The New York Times about efforts to reduce the bloodshed at an event arranged by the newspaper and the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The conversations revealed anecdotal signs of progress, uncertainty about the months ahead and vigorous debate about the best ways to intervene. (Watch the full event here.)