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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Despite commitments to work collaboratively from senior officials within Kim Foxx’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office our efforts have instead been stonewalled at every turn. Just like the typical Cook County politician she is not interested in real transparency and true oversight. Our previous lawsuit resulted in a settlement in 2017 in which Foxx’s senior Read more about Cook County State’s Attorney Breaks Settlement Agreement and Forces Lawsuit![…]
Spielman is at it again with a completely contrived political story devoid of context featuring FOP President John Catanzara. The FOP dropped a notice to her that they wanted a story in the news, and of course, Spielman lapped it up. By seeking and exploiting outrageous quotes (per her usual style), Spielman produces this useless Read more about MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth[…]
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It is time the finances of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) be open for the public to better learn about how the agency spends money and what that money is spent on. Traditionally the public is only able to access the CPD’s budget in a very basic level through the larger city budget document. Then Read more about FOIA: Opening the Finances of the CPD[…]
CJP was victorious in our summary judgment motion in our efforts to get the CPD to admit publicly that that a staffing analysis they say they did supporting Rahm’s decision to hire a thousand officers never existed. Yes, we are fighting a FOIA battle over a document CJP knows never existed. This is just another Read more about CJP Wins Summary Judgment Motion[…]
CJP submitted this request to the Public Safety Committee of the Chicago City Council in a ridiculous continuation of our efforts to figure out who was on this committee from 2000-2020. For months now CJP is been trying very hard to track what alderman served at any point on the Police and Fire Committee which Read more about FOIA: Public Safety Committee[…]
To start with – the internal review itself is missing. Frank Main from the Sun-Times published a piece on an internal review conducted by Sheriff Dart detailing what Main wants us all to think are excessive continuances in criminal cases. Main pushes Dart’s line that this is due to judges granting inappropriate numbers of continuances Read more about MMB: What is Missing from Dart’s Internal Review?[…]
Using crime statistics appropriately seems out the reach of both the CPD and the Chicago media. “Last month, Chicago recorded its deadliest September in more than 25 years as the city approaches 600 homicides in 2020 with a quarter of the year still left to go.” What? How many of the last 25 Septembers had: Read more about MMB: Exploiting Crime Statistics[…]
The Chicago Police Board has a very unprofessional practice of categorizing the type of misconduct for which the officer has been accused of for statistical reporting purposes but refuses to attach that categories to individual cases. This of course is being done on purpose so that for instance we cannot track how the Board handles Read more about Chicago Police Board FOIA for Discipline Data[…]
Why does the Fran Spielman just refuse to cite Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara’s nearly 50 complaints (10 sustained) and multiple suspensions when she quotes him? He has zero credibility on the issue of accountability. The way to communicate that to the public when you quote him is to cite the fact that Read more about MMB: Spielman & Kass #Fail[…]