Homicide drop in Chicago

Down from 600 to 450. How come?

The preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Reports for 2004 are out, and homicides in cities of over a million population are down 7.1% from 2003 to 2004. New York is no longer the driver: Chicago is down 25%, from 600 to 450.

Anyone know why?

Update: Thanks to a reader, here’s the Chicago Tribune’s take on the question, stressing the implementation of CompStat-like police management policies and problem-solving tactics.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com