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John Jay College Study: Increase in shootings disproportionately affects neighborhoods with significant social and economic disadvantages

(New York, NY)—A new study from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice reveals that the increase in shootings over the past six years has been concentrated in neighborhoods with significant social and economic disadvantages.

The study, Neighbors at Risk, authored by Jeffrey A. Butts, Gina Moreno and Richard Espinobarros of the Center for Research and Assessment, found that while more than half of New Yorkers (57%) lived in areas where there had been zero shooting incidents from 2015 to 2021, others saw an increase.

“Most New Yorkers never hear gunshots in their neighborhoods,” said Butts, director of the Center for Research and Assessment, “but others have to regularly think about the possibility of violence. army”.

The study divided the city using census block group maps, more than 6,500 in total, and compared shooting incidents from 2015 to 2021.

The researchers found 11 areas across the five boroughs that not only appeared in the top 50 shooting incidents more than once from 2015-2019, but also saw an increase in 2020-2021.

The study notes that by comparing crime rates in relatively small geographic areas, officials can better determine where to invest in resources that support public safety and community well-being.

Neighbors at Risk was funded by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Read the full report.

About the Center for Research and Evaluation
The John Jay Center for Research and Evaluation (JohnJayREC) is an applied research organization and is part of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Visit the Centre’s website and follow it on Twitter @JohnJayREC.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
An international leader in justice education, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York is a Hispanic-serving institution and a minority-serving institution offering a rich liberal arts and academic curriculum. professionals to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 countries. . John Jay is home to professors and research centers at the forefront of criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College addresses the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu and follow us on Twitter @JohnJayCollege.


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