Chicago Magazine's latest story about the precipitous drop in homicide stats during 2013 is alarming for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the realization that it's pretty easy to juke crime statistics without generating much attention (and if it's easy to reclassify murders as natural deaths then you can only imagine what's going on or at least possible) when it comes to school stats).
The other reason, of course, is that the effort to reduce crime in Chicago came in large part from student deaths like Hadiya Pendleton, and there are some students involved in The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates, including a Harold Washington College student named Michelle Manalansan. The story also references an old friend of this site, Second City Cop, whose observations about Chicago, crime, gangs, and related matters have long been appreciated here and elsewhere.
Read the story and let us know what you think. Then go back and read the related story: Even the Data Have a Bias.