Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS) has dedicated, full-time National Network staff on the ground assisting the city's community and law enforcement partnership to conduct call-ins and custom notifications in many of the most volatile districts.
Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS) has dedicated, full-time National Network staff on the ground assisting Chicago the community and law enforcement partnership to conduct call-ins and custom notifications in many of the most volatile districts. VRS uses frontline intelligence and innovative new social network analysis techniques to identify the group members at highest risk for violent victimization or offending and give them individualized messages about their vulnerability, the help available to them, and their legal risks. This focus reduced violence dramatically in 2013 while the Chicago Police Department made 7,000 fewer arrests.
reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods
reduction in victimization among factions represented at call-ins
reduction in overall shooting behavior among factions represented at call-ins
"Each homicide victim has loved ones, a network of friends or family who are left to pick up the pieces after their death. Some may have witnessed the killing and struggle to reckon with those lasting images, let alone the loss itself. Of all the damage done by gun violence in the communities that suffer it most, it may be the trauma related to the exposure to violence that leaves the most lasting mark."
Andrew Papachristos, study author and professor of sociology: "This information is crucial for pinpointing high-risk individuals who might benefit from intervention. If we have this social map, we can send first responders, trauma specialists, interventionists and police if necessary."
Tracing the activity of one gun in Chicago reveals a pattern.
“At the end of the day, the goal of this entire program is to save lives.”
Chicago "is now bringing officers in for training that emphasizes "de-escalation" tactics to try to reduce the number of fatal confrontations."
"The neighborhood of Englewood on Chicago's South Side is among the most dangerous in the country...This is about a group of mothers who are standing up to the violence with the type of stern love only moms can provide."
NNSC research partner Andrew Papachristos penned a recent op-ed to discuss the methodology and motivation behind Chicago's Strategic Subject List.
"With violence raging in Chicago at levels unseen since the late 1990s, the Police Department's strategy to combat it relies heavily on so-called predictive policing, which aims to figure out who is most prone to violence — either as a criminal or victim — and intercede."
David Kennedy makes the case that Chicago is home to important national work and innovations in criminal justice.