Chicago Murders Soar, Arrests Plummet

At a glance

  • Chicago police arrests have dropped 74% from 2012 to 2021, mirroring national trend.
  • Number of arrests in Chicago dropped from 145,390 in 2012 to 38,400 in 2021, according city’s annual financial report.
  • From 2019 – the year before the COVID-19 pandemic – to 2021, arrests have dropped 57% from 89,487 to 38,400.
  • So far in 2022, the Chicago police have made 27,940 arrests through Aug. 25.
  • Murders increased significantly in pandemic years – 772  in 2020 and 797 in 2021, compared to 498 people in 2019.

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