Shootings, Murders Down in Violent Chicago Area

Violence in the Chicago’s troubled Englewood police district has dropped dramatically in 2017, with shootings falling 44 percent and homicides down 45 percent. It’s only one year, experts, cops and even residents caution. Still, it’s happening in Englewood, whose name has long been synonymous with violence, gang warfare, poverty and despair.

Put the Guns Down: A Chicago Strategy for Curbing Violence

An evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute found that gun violence among targeted street groups was reduced by using community leaders and law enforcement in a strategy that combined moral persuasion and the promise of counseling and social services with the threat of criminal sanctions.