The violence worsens

At least seven people were killed in 36 shootings last weekend in Chicago, and 13 of the victims were CPS students, according to the Tribune. Chicago is not releasing death counts on a daily basis, so the actual count could be higher, the Trib reports. Meanwhile, the AP pegs the death toll at nine.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m. 4/23: And five more killings today.

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One Response to The violence worsens

  1. laurabethnielsen says:

    What is to be done? I am reading Jonathan Simon’s new book, Governing through Crime and it is excellent but scary. It suggests that this is one of the side effects of policies that are always focused on the punitive — it argues that a very punitive criminal model is present not just in our criminal justice system, but also in our schooling, welfare, policies as well. And that criminal-focus leads to just such outcomes. We need a total sea change — jobs, housing, and education. Unfortunately this crisis is going to lead to more punitive policing and further violence.

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