Covering Youth Violence, a guide for journalists—Informes sobre la violencia juvenil

    This is a guide for your coverage of youth violence. It will walk you through reporting strategies, offer examples of reporting, and ask you to consider how you can do your best for an issue that touches so many lives today. Why do we need a guide? Because the work you do, shapes [...]

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The Other Numbers About Juvenile Violence

We reach for the stats on murders, and other crimes that stain Chicago. And we use them to tell us what’s happening. Is crime up, or down, or stuck in Chicago? But other numbers matter as well. What percent of the youths coming out of detention centers wind up back in trouble? What percent of [...]

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Keeping Youths From Behind Bars

Illinois’ juvenile prison count has been dropping and that’s good news on several counts. It’s one measure of the success of a program called Redeploy Illinois, which works to treat youths in their communities. And Redeploy’s success is critical. Why? Because it can cost on average about $10,000 a year to help a youth in [...]

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What Happens When They Come Home?

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.  By Stephen Franklin Community Media Workship, steve@chicagoistheworld.org, 312 369 6400 In our [...]

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Justice That Heals Not Harms

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.   By Steve Franklin Community Media Workshop steve@chicagoistheworld.org 312.369.6400 The [...]

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What Comes After Prison?

You choke violence by nurturing a healthy community. It’s a strategy that works, and its payoff is often far greater than most other strategies that crack down, seal over, or tighten the screws. Longer-lasting as well. It’s a public health strategy that competes head-on with a policing strategy and nothing else. But what do you [...]

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What Numbers Matter?

Some numbers count more than others. Take North Lawndale’s numbers. Per-capita income              $12,548 Chicago                             $27,148 Households below poverty level 38.6% Chicago 18.7% Unemployed 18.5% Chicago 11.1% Living in crowded housing 7.2% Chicago 4.7% No high school diploma 30.4% Chicago 20.6% The  numbers tell us that within  North Lawndale’s nearly three mile radius there were over [...]

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The building blocks of our mayhem

Violence in Chicago is a house built of blocks One is guns. Another is a reckless, alternate way of life driven by poverty, segregation, and the result of living on the edge of everyone else. And drugs is the other. Drugs drives violence because users steal or rob or do whatever they can to buy [...]

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A Maddening Passion

You quickly understanding after meeting Carlos Javier Ortiz that he’s driven by a deep passion. The kind that afflicts good journalists and especially good photographers. A passion for the story and then for being there, listening, hearing and witnessing. A passion for believing that telling the story overcomes all other setbacks and challenges and goes [...]

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How Do We End This Circle?

A youngster is ready to be released from the county’s detention facility, but there’s no place for them to go. No home. No halfway house. So, what happens? They sit in detention. They don’t move on with their lives.They stew. And let’s say this youngster somehow leaves, but they wander from place to place. They [...]

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Who Doesn’t Trust Who?

Another shooting. Another South Side scene of despair and violence. A crowd collects and uneasily watches the police. Someone carrying a gun was shot and killed by police. A young black man. Sad, angry eyes. A tearful woman in the crowd talks about why she won’t talk to police. “We don’t trust them. And we’ll [...]

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