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  • Chicago violence, homicides and shootings up in 2015

    Chicago Tribune - 01/02/2016

    Criminologists caution against making year-by-year of comparisons of homicides, arguing that long-term trends give a better understanding about how the level of violence in a city has changed over time.

    James Alan Fox, a criminologist from Northeastern University in Boston, said such statistics tend to fluctuate each year, and because Chicago in recent years recorded its lowest homicide totals since the 1960s, there’s bound to be an uptick.

    “At a certain point you take most of the air out of the balloon. … I call it the criminal justice limbo stick,” Fox said. “At some point you can’t go any lower.”

     

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