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CJP’s Policy Recommendations For Accountability and Transparency

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Third Try for Catanzara Misconduct Files FOIA


Chicago Police Board Superintendent Search FOIA Redux


A justice system that is transparent and evidence-based leads to better outcomes for all. We’re striving to force transparency in the City of Chicago and Cook County in order to create safer and better-informed communities.

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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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CJP’s Policy Recommendations For Accountability and Transparency

Overview: A component of our efforts at the Chicago Justice Project is monitoring and analyzing policy and legislative trends on public safety in Chicago. Our Legislative Agenda for Accountability and Transparency aims to bring about a more just, community-driven, and evidence-based policing and police accountability system in Chicago. A .pdf

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Third Try for Catanzara Misconduct Files FOIA

The Chicago Police Department seems intent on denying CJP access to the misconduct files of Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. CJP originally filed a FOIA for all the records related to the numerous complaints filed against Catanzara and the records related any subsequent investigations. The CPD denied that

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Chicago Police Board Superintendent Search FOIA Redux

This is CJP’s second attempt to get documents related to the Chicago Police Board’s search for a new superintendent for the Chicago Police Department. Our first attempt during the height of the COVID outbreak in the US was ultimately unsuccessful in that the Board asked us to narrow our request

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