Videos: Panel on Reducing Urban Crime and Violence


February 27, 2012

On February 10, UEI's Urban Education Lab and the University of Chicago Crime Lab co-sponsored an event, Reducing Urban Crime and Violence: What Works and What is Promising, along with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP) at Chapin Hall in collaboration with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Civic Consulting Alliance and Perkins Coie LLP.  

Panel 1:
Law Enforcement Strategies for Reducing Urban Crime and Violence

This panel featured a discussion centered on New York City’s successful strategies to reduce crime and violence as analyzed by Frank Zimring in his book, The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and its Control.  The panel then discussed what lessons Chicago might draw from New York City’s experience.

  • Moderator: James Warren, columnist, Chicago News Cooperative
  • The Honorable Paul Biebel, presiding judge, Circuit Court of Cook County Criminal Division
  • Patrick Fitzgerald, United States attorney, Northern District of Illinois
  • Garry McCarthy, superintendent, Chicago Police Department
  • Frank Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, University of California at Berkley; chair of the Criminal Justice Research Program, University of California at Berkley

Panel 2:
What Research and Evidence Shows: The Most Promising Education and Social Service Strategies for Reducing Urban Crime and Violence 

  • Moderator: Stephanie Banchero, national education reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • J.C. Brizard, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools
  • Evelyn Diaz, commissioner, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
  • Robin Jacob, assistant research scientist, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Susana Vasquez, executive director, LISC Chicago 

Related News: "Another City's Lesson About Crime Reduction," New York Times, James Warren