appellate

CJP’s Executive Director Tracy Siska’s Statement on Illinois 4th District Appellate Court Decision

The ruling in Gekas v. Williamson, 04-08-0733, greatly expands the public’s ability to validate the processes used by police departments to investigate citizen complaints.  On July 20th, Appellate Judge Thomas R. Appleton speaking for the three-judge panel, correctly stated that there is a significant public interest in maintaining the ability to validate the appropriateness of[…]

Agency

To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies

There is a presumption by the citizens of Chicago that when the Chicago Police arrest an individual and the complainant follows through with their role that charges, prosecution, and hopefully convictions are soon to follow.  The reality is this impression is nothing more than an impression and that access to data that could be used[…]

justice

To Evaluate an Agency within the System You Must Examine all the Agencies.

There is a presumption by the citizens of Chicago that when the Chicago Police arrest an individual and the complainant follows through with their role that charges, prosecution, and hopefully convictions are soon to follow.  The reality is this impression is nothing more than an impression and that access to data that could be used[…]

Homicide Data

Homicide Reductions = Violence Reductions = CPD Doing a Better Job?

“Good News on Crime” was the headline for an article from the Chicago Sun Times on Saturday July 4th.  The article talks about the dramatic drop in homicides, 12.7%, from 2008.  The article also lists that crime overall has dropped 10.4 %.  This article makes three fatal flaws.  First, the article makes the incorrect assumption[…]