Justice system data that we have opened through our advocacy, public policy, and litigation work.
Putting data to work to drive best practice and inform evidence based decision making.
Authoring one of a kind national best practice policy on responding to police civil settlements and court judgments.
The problem and our solution
The Problem: The Chicago & Cook County justice system is the 2nd largest in the United States, spanning across both city and county government with budgets totaling in the billions of dollars each year. Tens of thousands of city and county residents come into contact with the system every year. Despite the vital position this system holds in our lives, the ability of stakeholders, policymakers, and communities to understand and validate the practices of our justice agencies is limited by restrictive policies on the access to data these agencies create.
Our Solution: The Chicago Justice Project focuses exclusively on opening big data from across the Chicago & Cook County justice system using our systemic approach to transparency. We believe that connecting data across agency and political boundaries will greatly increase what we can learn about how our justice system operates, and in turn heighten our ability to use the data to educate and empower stakeholders, communities, and policymakers to engage the justice system. We believe a justice system that implements best practices from around the country and evidence-based decision making will serve their communities the best.
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Understanding the impact of the intersection of the multiple problems that communities are facing on the south and west sides is not something that politicians and the media in Chicago have been very good at. The media has a systemic issue with allowing local alderman off the hook for their votes on financial issues that Read more about Achieving Gun Violence Reductions[…]
This past weekend, from February 26 to March 1, was the most deadly weekend this month in Chicago. Fox Chicago reported that 27 people were shot between 5pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Five of these 27 people died. Similarly to last weekend, Fox Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Local published tallies Read more about Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]
In today’s show we discuss two really bad articles from Fran Spielman and the propaganda coming from Superintendent David Brown’s YouTube series. Spielman is known through our Chicago as a reporter that is seeking nothing but sensational headlines and salacious quotes that can make headlines. We discuss two recent articles from her covering Alderman Beale’s Read more about Double Dose of Bad Spielman[…]
For this past weekend, Chicago Justice Project compared the media coverage of gun violence in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, ABC Local, CBS Local, Fox Chicago, NBC Local, and WGN TV. The coverage from this weekend was also compared to that of past weekends to identify any differences or inconsistencies. Similarly Read more about Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]
Bail reform is a very hot topic in Cook County despite the fact that there have been very few facts driving the discussion. Bail was created to assure that people show up for court proceedings after being charged with a crime. The thought was that forcing people to put up a some of cash would Read more about Bail Reform – An Empirical Analysis of Impact[…]
In Chicago, gun violence is a significant local issue and so it receives abundant focus from the media. However, coverage of gun violence in Chicago by local news outlets is inconsistent. In order to pinpoint inconsistencies, Chicago Justice Project compared the coverage of gun violence over this past weekend from seven outlets that cover local Read more about Analysis of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]
Sexual violence in Chicago is a significantly under-covered crime in Chicago and is only really covered if the media can exploit and sensationalize the event. Today we chat with Executive Director Erin Walton and Director of Programs and Policy Sarah Layden from Resilience. Our discussion covers defining what exactly is sexual violence, how often it Read more about Sexual Violence in Chicago[…]
In October of 2020 the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) forced CJP to file suit for a second time in 6 years because the they refuse to honor their obligations under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Our original suit was filed under the final years of former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Read more about SAO FOIA Suit Updates[…]
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) has clearly demonstrated an inability to be trusted to faithfully and legally respond to requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. We know this because we just filed our second lawsuit against the SAO for these very reasons. In this request are seeking to determine what researchers Read more about SAO Non-Disclosure Agreements – FOIA[…]
The affidavit override rule function within the police accountability system should have been a very powerful tool to help leaders bring in real accountability. A recent report released by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (DPSIG) documents that the power was rarely if ever used for many years despite evidence being contained in investigative Read more about Affidavit Overrule in CPD Disciplinary Investigations[…]