New York Times — Is New York’s Wave of Gun Violence Receding? Experts See Reason for Hope

“The Brooklyn recovery seems more striking than other boroughs,” Dr. Butts said. “The Brooklyn spike is horrendous when you look at it over time. But the most recent quarter, the data point is back to where it’s been bouncing around for the past 15 years.” Continue reading New York Times — Is New York’s Wave of Gun Violence Receding? Experts See Reason for Hope

ABC News — Feds Warned Last Spring of Spike in Violence and Extremism During Pandemic: Memo

“We were already in a weakened condition when the pandemic hit — class divisions, overt racism, partisanship, a really poor social support infrastructure — so if you think about the effect of the pandemic on an ‘epidemic’ of shootings — it’s like the immune system of the United States was already suppressed,” Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told ABC News. Continue reading ABC News — Feds Warned Last Spring of Spike in Violence and Extremism During Pandemic: Memo

New York Times — The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus

Restaurants, stores, offices, theaters and many other businesses and cultural institutions will be allowed to open fully May 19. But the cycles of violent retaliation fueled by individual shootings in recent months will be hard to break, said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the research and evaluation center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading New York Times — The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus

Sinclair News Networks — As Cities Begin to Emerge from Pandemic, Homicide Rates Remain High

Homicide rates in many U.S. cities remained elevated through early 2021, a distressing trend that began before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and experts are still trying to determine exactly why it is happening and how long it might last. Continue reading Sinclair News Networks — As Cities Begin to Emerge from Pandemic, Homicide Rates Remain High