CHICAGO — The Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF) released a report analyzing violence prevention efforts and Chicago scored near the top.
According to the CJAF, the report is a, “first-of-its-kind resource created to assist local governments as they develop and expand investments in violence intervention and prevention strategies beyond policing — strategies that are evidence-based, community-led, and anchored in a public health approach.”
This first analysis by CJAF looked at the 50 cities across the U.S. with the highest incidents of gun violence and compared their efforts against a 35 point scorecard. See the full report and its methodology here.
While statistics provided Monday by the Chicago Police Department show a nearly 20% decrease in shootings, shooting victims, and homicides compared to this time last year, near daily reports of gun violence remain commonplace. This includes seven shooting incidents Monday evening alone.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (IL-02) were among the local leaders touting the city’s placement in the report, citing several efforts during their time in public service as a part of the analysis.
View the entire press conference in the video above.