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In Chicago, academics seems to back Mr. Fardon's view that the city's crime scourge can't be solved by arrests alone.

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Among the gun-crime studies done at the university level, none can draw clear links between a higher rate of federal gun prosecutions and a lower rate for violent crimes. Case in point was Project Exile, run out of Richmond, Virginia, in the late 1990s, where federal prosecutors aggressively went after gun offenses in an effort to clean up the streets.

The project's success spurred copycat initiatives in Philadelphia, Rochester and Stockton, California, and is a model for what's going on in Alabama. In all of those jurisdictions, while the program was active, local officials credited the initiative for lowering crime rates by deterring criminals from carrying weapons.

Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence - Washington Times


 
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