READI Chicago: A community-based approach to reducing gun violence

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MARCH 2022 - Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI) Chicago — a multi-partner initiative that aims to connect men at highest risk of being involved in gun violence with jobs and therapy — released outcomes of nearly 2,500 men referred to the program.

Prior to being referred, 35% of the men had previously been shot, and 98% had previously been arrested. Over 20 months, participants were found to have had 63% fewer arrests and 19% fewer victimizations for shootings and homicides.

Harris Policy's Crime Lab and Inclusive Economy Lab conducted a randomized controlled trial, the largest of its kind, of the program, which has recently been lifted up by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a model approach to reduce gun violence.

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