In an effort to try to reduce the number of shootings, a Chicago City Council Committee has decided to try a study that analyzes all shootings, fatal or otherwise, of individuals under the age of 21 in the 11th District and the 4th District. These 2 districts are considered to be among the city's most violent districts. In the last few years, shootings involving youth's have been on the rise in the city. Several of the cases have attracted national attention. The program endorsed by the Chicago City Council Committee was patterned after a similar program in Milwaukee. The program takes data from the Chicago Police Department, several other government agencies and some not for profit groups and seeks to come up with new tactics to try to target the causes and cures for such crimes. The program in Milwaukee helped cut in half the number of shootings in the neighborhoods that were targeted. The panels that would be conducting the studies would be made up of representatives from the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Health, Chicago Public Schools, several state and local social service agencies and a child policy center at the University of Chicago.
The full City Council is scheduled to vote on the measure next week. Passage is expected.
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