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Chicago Murder by the Numbers

Chicago Murder by the Numbers

Dr. Peter K.B. St. Jean examines homicide trends in Chicago over the last 20 years

Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean

by Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean, March 13, 2013

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Chicago Murder by the Numbers

of murder offenders in 1991, and 87 percent in 2011, had been arrested in the past.   

Why The Victims Were Killed (1991-2011)

-Gang/clique street fights, other fights, gang drug involvement, domestic violence, and robbery have been the main motives in Chicago murders.

-In 2011, for the 312 murders where Chicago police knew why the victim was killed, 70 percent (or 219) were disagreements over domestic issues: liquor, love triangles, money, gambling, sex, street gangs, theft, traffic, and other issues. Street gang fights were 54 percent of those 219 disagreements.

*2012 statistics are not yet available from the Chicago Police Department

Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean is the Executive Director and Founder of Peaceful World Movement, an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Governors State University and University at Buffalo Department of Sociology, and the Coordinator of Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood at Haymarket Center, Chicago. He is also the author of Pockets of Crime: Broken Windows, Collective Efficacy and the Criminal Point of View.

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