Crime Up In Chicago, But Is It A Trend?

Jun 13, 2016

David Olson is a criminologist at Loyola University Chicago and a member of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
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  A number of American cities have seen a spike in violent crime this year. It’s not happening everywhere, but it is happening in Chicago.

What’s behind the crime wave of 2016? Does it represent a trend? And how could this affect the push to reduce the number of people sent to prison in Illinois?

To try to get answers to those questions, Brian Mackey sat down with David Olson. He’s a professor of criminal justice at Loyola University Chicago and a member of Gov. Bruce Rauner's Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.