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    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


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.



Results


23%

reduction in overall shooting behavior among factions represented at call-ins

32%

reduction in victimization among factions represented at call-ins

37%

reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods

News & Updates

Chicago Gun Violence Hits African Americans Most β€” And It’s Getting Worse

May 2017  |  WBEZ  

"Historically, African Americans have been the victims of a disproportionate amount of the city’s gun violence. And that trend is getting worse. Shootings in Chicago have become more concentrated in black communities, even as the city’s African-American population declines."

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

How Violence Cascades Through Chicago

May 2017  |  Chicago Magazine  

Yale sociologist (and NNSC partner) Andrew Papachristos has conducted extensive research about the social-network theory of gun violence. In Papachristos' latest paper, he and his co-authors consider the timing of homicide victimization within these social networks. In other words, if one person is killed, how much time passes between his death and the next homicide among people he "infected"?

Tags: Chicago Social Network Analysis

Chicago Trauma: Counting Broken Bodies, But Not Broken Spirits

April 2017  |  NBC News  

"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."

Tags: Chicago

Yale study models gun violence as a social epidemic

January 2017  |  Yale Daily News  

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."

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

One gun’s journey β€” 42 bullets fired, 2 killed, 5 wounded

October 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

Tracing the activity of one gun in Chicago reveals a pattern. 

Tags: Chicago

Chicago cops are using data to fight gang violence

September 2016  |  CBS Evening News  

“At the end of the day, the goal of this entire program is to save lives.”

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Custom Notifications

Chicago police rolling out new, mandatory ‘de-escalation’ training

September 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

Chicago "is now bringing officers in for training that emphasizes "de-escalation" tactics to try to reduce the number of fatal confrontations."

Tags: Chicago National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Taking Back the Neighborhood with an Army of Moms

August 2016  |  Great Big Story  

"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."

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach

CPD’s crucial choice: Treat its list as offenders or as potential victims?

July 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

NNSC research partner Andrew Papachristos penned a recent op-ed to discuss the methodology and motivation behind Chicago's Strategic Subject List. 

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Custom Notifications Social Network Analysis

Chicago VRS Staff

Christopher Mallette
Executive Director
cmallette@jjay.cuny.edu

Thomas Hurley
Senior Project Manager
thurley@jjay.cuny.edu

Debra Higens
Project Manager
dhigens@jjay.cuny.edu


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