Nine Die on Chicago’s Worst Crime Weekend in 2018

By Monday morning, at least 56 people had been hit by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend. At least nine of them died. It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year. More troubling, it was close to comparable weekends in 2016 and 2017, when gun violence hit levels not seen in Chicago in more than a decade.

Boston Murder Total Jumps, Overall Crime Down

Between Jan. 1 and June 10, 24 people were killed in the city — eight more than the 16 slain in the first six months of 2017. “Five of them have been stabbings, which is very unusual for us,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “We’re working very hard to keep the homicide rate down. We seem to get bursts of them, then we’ll go five weeks without any.”

Homicides Up in D.C., Mayor Beefs Up Patrols

The capital has counted 63 homicides this year, up 50 percent over last year at this time. Three fatal shootings in the city’s poor neighborhoods over the Memorial Day weekend brought the total there to 30 homicides so far this year, prompting an urgent plea by residents and community leaders for safety and services.

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Long View of Ex-Prisoners Finds 83% Recidivism Rate

A vast new study of recidivism by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that 44 percent of the 400,000 men and women released from state prisons in the U.S. in 2005 were arrested again during their first year of freedom. Sixty-eight percent were arrested within three years, 79 percent within six years, and 83 percent within nine years.