New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking Tuesday morning in Chicago, had some advice for communities such as Evanston that are trying to deal with violence.
Asked how New York has managed to achieve a relatively low rate of violence when compared with other American cities, Bloomberg listed three reasons:
First, they incarcerate fewer persons for minor offenses.
“When you send a young person to prison,” Bloomberg said, “you are sending them to a place where they learn to become better criminals. When they get out, they are more likely to turn again to crime.”
Second, Bloomberg said he sends police into the high-crime areas in abundance.
“People who live in wealthier areas of the city would like me to send more cops to their areas,” he said, “because they want increased protection for their property.”
Instead, he said he sends more officers to high-crime areas, where the offenders live.
Third, Bloomberg advocates programs to reduce the number of guns on the street.
“The easier it is for a person to buy a gun, the more likely he will use it to commit crimes,” he said.
The New York mayor was in town to address an industry breakfast at the International Home & Housewares Show at McCormick Place.