Analysis: Youth violence in Chicago down 40 percent
According to a new analysis, youth violence in Chicago dropped 40 percent over 2012.
The report, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times focuses on shooting incidents involving victims 16 and younger.
Shooting incidents involving Chicago Public Schools students more than halved — dropping 56 percent so far this school year, compared to August through January 21 of the previous school year, according to the city’s analysis.
Already basking in the glow of the city’s lowest murder rate since 1965 and lowest overall crime rate since 1972, city officials credit this newest drop to coordinated anti-youth violence efforts they say are paying off.
Roughly half of all violent crimes in Chicago involved inner city youth. The city also saw a 24 percent drop in overall shootings and a 16 drop in overall crime.
In 2013, the city experienced its bloodiest January in 10 years, but Chicago ended the year with 88 fewer murders than 2012.
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