CRED uses data to track where shootings happen, and who are the most likely victims and perpetrators. On behalf of the Chicago Mayor’s Office, it convenes police, community groups and various city departments that work in Chicago’s south and west sides to coordinate efforts. And it uses the power of relationships to create change in people’s lives, through violence interrupters and other community outreach workers.

“We’re not trying to solve a crime problem; we’re trying to solve an economic problem,” says CRED founder Arne Duncan. “These are men, not boys, They’re going to eat, put a roof over their heads, feed their children. They can either do it through the street economy or legal economy.”

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