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.

Our nation’s public safety crisis is a gun violence crisis, and for some communities, this crisis is worse than ever before. In fact, in 2020, Black Chicagoans experienced more homicides per resident than any year on record. This violence was heavily concentrated: in 2020, the gun homicide rate in Chicago’s four most violent police districts was 26 times higher than in the four safest police districts. In 1991, the rate for those same districts was 13 times higher — meaning the safety gap has doubled in Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods since the 1990s.

There is reason for hope that we can turn the tide: From the peak of the early ‘90s to 2019, Los Angeles and New York have slashed their homicide rates by 77% and 88%, respectively.

The Crime Lab works with cities and community-based groups to generate evidence on interventions that prevent gun violence, including increasing public access to gun violence data, implementing behavioral science-informed interventions, and connecting individuals with employment, housing, and other supports.

Our evaluation of READI Chicago found that participants referred to the program by outreach workers in their community were 79% less likely to be arrested for shootings and homicides.

In partnership with the City of Chicago and dozens of community organizations, the Crime Lab created the Violence Reduction Dashboard, which led the nation in providing unprecedented public access to near real-time data on gun violence.

Related Projects
CVI Leadership Academy
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CVI Leadership Academy

The Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) was established to develop the CVI sector by providing aspiring CVI leaders with the skills necessary to tackle leadership obstacles throughout their careers.

Policing Leadership Academy
CURRENT

Policing Leadership Academy

The Policing Leadership Academy (PLA) is designed to increase safety and fairness in America’s most violent neighborhoods.

Community Safety Leadership Academies
CURRENT

Community Safety Leadership Academies

The Community Safety Leadership Academies, composed of the Policing Leadership Academy and Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy, aim to educate police and community violence intervention leaders.

Supporting Enlace Chicago and New Life Centers with Data-Driven Proactive Outreach
CURRENT

Supporting Enlace Chicago and New Life Centers with Data-Driven Proactive Outreach

Using a data-driven approach, the Crime Lab provides individual referrals to help outreach organizations Enlace Chicago and New Life Centers target their services to people who may be at the highest risk for gun violence involvement in the near future.

Related Resources
United States Surgeon General’s Advisory on Firearm Violence in America
Advisory

United States Surgeon General’s Advisory on Firearm Violence in America

Jun 2024

United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a landmark advisory declaring firearm violence in America to be a public health crisis with devastating and far-reaching consequences for the nation’s health and well-being.

Summer Safety Analysis: Chicago Crime Trends
Presentation

Summer Safety Analysis: Chicago Crime Trends

May 2024

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

Economic Club of Chicago- Chicago’s Safety Snapshot: Issues and Opportunities
Presentation

Economic Club of Chicago- Chicago’s Safety Snapshot: Issues and Opportunities

Sep 2023

These slides were presented by the Crime Lab at a forum hosted by the Economic Club and Commercial Club of Chicago.

Violence Reduction Dashboard
Dashboard

Violence Reduction Dashboard

Jul 2023

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Chicago CEOs Raise $100 Million to Fight Crime After Bloody Days
Media Mention
Bloomberg
Jul 2024

Chicago CEOs Raise $100 Million to Fight Crime After Bloody Days

Bloomberg’s Isis Almeida and Miranda Davis cite Crime Lab analysis of data on shootings in Chicago during the summer months, which account for more than one-third of the city’s shootings every year.

Community violence intervention takes spotlight after bloody weekend in Chicago
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Fox 32 Chicago
Jul 2024

Community violence intervention takes spotlight after bloody weekend in Chicago

Dr. Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy, joins Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago to discuss his recent testimony at the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee Hearing.

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Jul 2024

Protected: Addressing Data Challenges to Prevent Domestic Homicide

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