READI addresses shootings by tackling joblessness, but without public funding, its future is in doubt.
Officials say it’s “all hands on deck” to quell the sudden increase in deaths.
Roberto Aspholm spent years researching the transformation of the city’s gangs. He says law enforcement in Chicago hasn’t caught up.
Halfway through 2020, the number of Black residents of Cook County who’ve died by suicide has already surpassed last year’s total. “Ignoring the issue until it becomes a crisis has become the method of treatment,” says one mental health advocate.
As shootings rise and the pandemic continues, street outreach workers are juggling multiple roles to preserve community health.
Shootings typically jump during summer months. Gun violence prevention groups hope reinforcements can stem the tide.
The city says crime is down in March. But experts warn it’s too early to draw conclusions as to why.
Street outreach workers are doubling as messengers on avoiding infection.