Reducing Gun Violence, Advancing Justice

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Summer Safety Analysis: Chicago Crime Trends

Summer Safety Analysis: Chicago Crime Trends

These data visualizations present our summer safety analysis on Chicago crime trends.

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Shootings in Chicago are concentrated in the summer, yes. That’s only part of the story.

Shootings in Chicago are concentrated in the summer, yes. That’s only part of the story.

Crain’s Chicago Business covers the Crime Lab’s new analysis of summer crime trends in the City.

News and Events

View our latest video on the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy’s week in Washington, D.C.

View our latest video on the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy’s week in Washington, D.C.

The Crime Lab designs, tests, and scales data-driven innovations to improve the public sector’s response to the dual challenges of America’s gun violence crisis and a criminal justice system that is not truly just.

Given its scale, when it comes to gun violence and the criminal justice system, the government can cause the most harm from its failure–or have the greatest positive impact. That’s why working with public sector agencies to improve their response is central to the Crime Lab’s work: it’s the best way to make progress at scale.

The second cohort of the University of Chicago Policing Leadership Academy gathers for a group photo with Commissioner Bill Bratton.
The second cohort of the University of Chicago Policing Leadership Academy gathers for a group photo with Bill Bratton, former Commissioner of the NYPD and former Chief of the LAPD.

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Our goal is to have an outsized impact on our streets, in our courts, and across our justice system to support neighborhoods disproportionately suffering from these crises. That’s why the Crime Lab measures success in terms of real-world results.

Explore Our Approach

Community Violence Intervention

Community Violence Intervention

Through a combination of street outreach by credible messengers and behavioral science-informed interventions, community violence intervention (CVI) programs help de-escalate stressful situations before they lead to violence.

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

We're advancing long overdue reforms to reduce the harms of America's broken criminal justice system.

Gun Violence

Gun Violence

In cities across America, communities face high rates of gun violence and significant harm caused by the criminal justice system – both of which disproportionately impact communities of color.

Policing

Policing

If we want to address America’s gun violence epidemic and save lives today, fair and effective policing is essential. But for too many communities, we are failing to deliver that kind of policing.

Youth Violence

Youth Violence

Gun violence is the leading cause of death for young people in America. But youth violence interventions can help keep kids safe and reach those who are the hardest to reach.

Latest Updates

The people’s plan for community safety – even more needed
Op-Ed
Chicago Tribune
May 2024

The people’s plan for community safety – even more needed

Read Crime Lab Faculty Director Jens Ludwig’s latest op-ed arguing that we can’t under-estimate the scale of efforts that will be needed to solve Chicago’s challenges with gun violence.

Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons: Can police misconduct be stopped before it starts?
Podcast
WBEZ
May 2024

Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons: Can police misconduct be stopped before it starts?

Crime Lab Senior Research Director Greg Stoddard joins Patrick Smith on WBEZ Reset to discuss results from a new study of an algorithm that can help identify which officers are likely to commit misconduct.

Vice President Kamala Harris Recognizes the CVILA at White House Ceremony
Event
White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Feb 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris Recognizes the CVILA at White House Ceremony

On February 9, 2024 Vice President Kamala Harris recognized the work of the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) at an event that will acknowledged the accomplishments of its inaugural cohort at the White House.