'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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After two decades of generally declining homicide levels, the District recorded fewer than 100 killings in 2012 for the first time since the Kennedy administration.
Back in the 1990s, the federal government tried an unusual social experiment: It offered thousands of poor women in big-city public housing a chance to live in more affluent neighborhoods.
"Getting the homicide problem under control is particularly important to mayors who want to grow their city's tax base," he said.
"Homicide is a major leading indicator of major cities," said Jens Ludwig, professor and director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. "It is the thing that is most damaging in terms of driving businesses and people out of a city."