Chris M. Smith

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    Citizen science and crowdsourced data collection, not government statistics, provide the most reliable count of citizen fatalities by police

Citizen science and crowdsourced data collection, not government statistics, provide the most reliable count of citizen fatalities by police

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In 2016 one thousand ninety-two civilians were killed by the police in the United States. When civilians die during police encounters they lose not only their right to due process, but also their chance to be counted. Matthew J. Thompson and Chris M. Smith argue that since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, more is […]

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    How network science unearthed the overlapping relationships of organized crime in Al Capone’s Chicago

How network science unearthed the overlapping relationships of organized crime in Al Capone’s Chicago

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Public fascination with organized crime is not new. In new research which studies the social relationships of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s, Chris M. Smith and Andrew V. Papachristos were able to take advantage of this fascination with the availability of thousands of notes and documents on Al Capone’s criminal network. By applying network analysis to the […]

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    Gentrification may not be a silver bullet to prevent gang violence, and in some cases, it may even make it worse.

Gentrification may not be a silver bullet to prevent gang violence, and in some cases, it may even make it worse.

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The past two decades have seen falling homicide rates in Chicago, previously dubbed the ‘murder capital’ of the U.S. This decline in homicides has generally coincided with a period of gentrification of Chicago, but are the two related? Chris M. Smith takes a close look at how gentrifiers, private investors, and local government have contributed to the process of […]

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