Through research, evidence-based programming, and direct service, UChicago is working with community partners on the South Side and beyond to build safer communities, save lives, and heal traumatic emotional wounds inflicted by violence.
Our social work, public policy, and public health faculty work with community organizations to identify the root causes of violence, develop innovative solutions, and deploy strategic programs to reduce crime and restore neighborhoods.
For example, we are working alongside Bronzeville community leaders to eradicate youth violence through a collaborative, comprehensive action plan focused on supporting youth and their families. We also are using our data analytics expertise to advance effective strategies that will promote public safety.
At UChicago Medicine, we offer the city’s only hospital-based program dedicated to helping survivors of violence recover, both physically and emotionally. Our efforts to promote holistic recovery are providing a model for trauma centers across the country.
JusticeText helps public defenders better serve their clients
JusticeText uses speech-to-text machine learning algorithms to transcribe video footage evidence, speeding up pre-trial preparation. Mehrotra and Jones-Dove started building their first prototype in March 2019, which eventually included a tagging system that makes it easier to categorize content by evidence type, edit and pull out important clips, and track the workflow process.
In an unequal America, what should public safety look like?
In discussion with UChicago experts, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro looks beyond police reform.
Building the City of Chicago's first violence reduction dashboard
Crime Lab data scientists and analysts helped design and develop the tool, incorporating input from dozens of community-level street outreach organizations, victim services providers, advocates, and representatives of City departments.