The Chicago Tribune Interviewed AAST and CLJ Professor David Stovall about Chicago Crime and COVID-19 Data and its Correlation to ZIP Codes

David Stovall, UIC professor of African American studies and criminology, law and justice, is interviewed  in a Chicago Tribune story that analyzes Chicago crime and COVID-19 data and shows that many of the city’s ZIP codes with the highest rates of violent crime also have the highest rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19. “This is what inaccessibility to gainful employment and quality education means,” he said of young people who become vulnerable to street violence. “If you have someone who has been historically dispossessed (of jobs, housing or education), most crimes are done for survival. Often the narrative is they are bad people. We don’t take into account, this is a bad situation." (subscription required)