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  •  Excellent post. (12+ / 0-)

    I think you are right about the complexities of the causal factors for urban murder rates and other violent crimes.  

    There are no magical short term solutions. There is no one factor that can cure the ills facing the poor who are locked into inner city situations. The contributing variables are a complex mixture of systemic racism, high unemployment, de-facto segregation in housing and education, the so-called war on drugs and prison pipeline contributing to street gang activity...the list is long, and the fix is going to take even longer.


    Efforts that seem to show far better short term results are those that combine a mixture of community policing and community member activism.  

    I believe that the people who suffer the most are the members of the communities.  The victims of urban crime seem to be African Americans or Hispanics, or other folks who live in these areas.  Reducing violent crime can create a virtuous cycle in which there is more investment in the areas, more local jobs, less alienation and despair, less violent crime, more investment ....  

    But as you said, just throwing morer people in jail will not do it.

    A real War on Poverty would help, but our nation refuses to make that investment.   I heard today that the Chicago murder rate was way down.  Here's a link to one report:

    According to police, Chicago’s murder rate dropped 69 percent in March, with 36 fewer murders than in March 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, murders fell 42 percent, which amounts to 50 fewer homicides than the first quarter of last year, police said.


    Since gang wars have consistently driven crime up in the nation’s third-largest city, Emanuel and McCarthy composed a comprehensive gang reduction strategy that police put into action last year, McCarthy told theGrio.

    A new strategy has taken effect

    The strategy started with a gang audit last year, where police identified every gang member, gang, turf and who they were in conflict with. McCarthy says he and his team have made the information available in a database and put it into the hands of officers patrolling the streets. That way, if a gang shooting happens, police are equipped with all of the players involved, their rivals and where possible retaliation would come from. “Retaliation is the first thing that we need to stop,” McCarthy said.

    The Grio

    I don't know enough, don't have the answers, but I am glad folks in Chicago are trying out things.

    Also enjoyed the article on Africa.  I'll check out the economists article with the ironic, I suppose, title of White Man's Burden.  I did like that it separated out nations rather than speaking of Afirca as if every place was the same, and that same was terrible poverty.


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    by TomP on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:21:34 PM PDT

    •  Yes - I saw several reports on the rates (9+ / 0-)

      going down - this morning.  Of course in January there were a slew of articles about them going up.  Sigh.

      There are still too many - each number is someone's child, brother, father...

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:34:52 PM PDT

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    •  I'm glad the gang inventory was done, if it's (2+ / 0-)
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      helping.  But I was most struck by the clip from the documentary on The Interrupters.  What powerful, wrenching stories.  It so often seems that those who've come through terrible things, be it gang violence or prison or sexual abuse or whatever, are the ones who can help others find a path to healing.  There should be resources, support, for groups working to bring an end to violence in the community, groups like the Interrupters.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:25:03 PM PDT

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