Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has chosen a rather controversial approach to stem the tide of homicides in that city. Instead of just deploying the usual tactics of increased patrols, police checkpoints, or stop and frisk to identify suspects, CPD is looking to prevent homicides altogether by using research to identify high-risk individuals.

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The idea is based on work by Andrew Papachristos, a Yale sociology professor, who conducted a five-year study of one area in Chicago to examine  relationships between social networks and homicide. One of his central findings was that:

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