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Violence in these neighborhoods has had a detrimental impact on the academic performance of children in schools, as well as a higher financial burden for school districts in need of counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists to help children cope with the violence.
In 2014, Chicago Public Schools adopted the "Safe Passage Route" program to place unarmed volunteers, police officers and firefighters along designated walking routes to provide security for children en route to school.
October 2016 was the second deadliest month in 2016 with 78 homicides; more than double the 31 homicides of October 2015.
On December 1, 2016, Chicago recorded its 700th homicide for the year.
Murders in the city first peaked in 1974, with 970 murders when the city's population was over three million, resulting in a murder rate of around 29 per 100,000, and again in 1992, with 943 murders when the city had fewer than three million people, resulting in a murder rate of 34 murders per 100,000 citizens.
After 1992, the murder count steadily decreased to 415 murders by the mid 2000's, a reduction of over 50 percent.
In 2011, 83% of murders involved a firearm, and 6.4% were the result of a stabbing.Sign Up For Free Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!In September 2015, University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health Systems announced a joint 40 million dollar venture to convert Holy Cross Hospital into a level 1 trauma center on the South side, making some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods less than 5 miles from high quality care.