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Examining Uptick in Chicago’s Gang Violence

Sociologist Andrew Papachristos analyzed eight years of gang-related homicide numbers from the Chicago Police Department. Top law enforcement officials in Chicago say gangs are more powerful here than they are in other big American cities. Papachristos, who says gangs have a long history here, tried to identify patterns of violence between groups. His findings are published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Sociology. WBEZ's criminal justice reporter Robert Wildeboer caught up with him this week at a conference on gangs in Chicago.

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