We can’t understand gun violence without the full picture.
Cure Violence is expanding in the five boroughs.
Cure Violence has shown promise in reducing violent crime. But with its funding slashed in its home city, a few remaining foot soldiers are struggling to make a difference in neighborhoods gripped by fear.
“These tools are not replacing people,” says Deputy Chief Jonathan Lewin, “but they improve our capacity to do our job."
Plus eight other charts from the University of Chicago Crime Lab that help explain the city's soaring homicide numbers.
In 1992, the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old boy galvanized the city. Today’s violence is a reminder that underlying problems remain unsolved.
Citywide homicide rates obscure the vastly unequal safety risks that separate neighborhoods.
“These are things that don’t cost money, and that just make sense,” Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said.
One victim was celebrating his 25th birthday on Bourbon Street. Another was a 2-month-old child fatally shot by her father in an Alaska hotel room.
In a city with a homicide rate higher than Chicago’s, residents say they feel left behind. “We have lost just about everything,” says one.
Vincent Robinson is on a mission to “stop the violence” — but he isn’t in a hurry.