New Mayor, Same Old Chicago: Crime Up, Arrests Down

  • Arrests in Chicago have plummeted 81 percent over the past two decades, a Sun-Times analysis shows, and with the election of progressive Brandon Johnson for mayor, who early on supported defunding the police but later backed off, arrests are likely to continue going one way and crime the other, say criminal justice experts.
  • Joseph Giacalone, an Adjunct in the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said as long as police are viewed as the problem and not the solution, crime will continue to rise.
  • “Besides responding to 911 calls, the days of proactive policing are over,” Giacalone told Chicago City Wire in an email. “The DAs (district attorneys) and lawmakers are more interested in locking cops up for doing their jobs than criminals. The risk is no longer worth it – the deck is stacked against the police.”
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