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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Politicians Brag That Only 413 People Were Murdered in Chicago Last Year

     In 2012, Chicago witnessed more than 500 killing, many of them shootings tied to gang rivalries in some of the toughest, struggling neighborhoods. As of December 30 [2013], Chicago had reported 413 homicides, a 17 percent drop from the same period a year before and the fewest killings to date since 1965.

     Shootings were also down by 24 percent in 2013 from a year earlier, and reports of crimes over all had dropped by about 16 percent. Still, Chicago's death toll remained higher than those in the nation's more populous cities, New York and Los Angeles, both of which reported a decrease in killings as the end of 2013 approached.

Monica Davey, "Chicago Killings Fall, As Officials Praise Progress," The New York Times, December 31, 2013

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