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.
Justice Transparency in Chicago
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The coverage of justice issues in Chicago overall has and continues to be a huge problem for the Chicago media. The hyper-concentration on gun violence and the daily tally of shootings has taken center stage across the various mediums for which Chicagoans can consume news. The legacy outlets also have to compete with agenda driven Read more about Coverage of Kim Foxx & Justice Issues Overall[…]
“Now, nearly two years in as Illinois attorney general, Raoul is a figure to watch as a state official responsible for translating protest and outrage on the streets into actionable criminal justice and policing reforms after Floyd’s death and the August shooting of Jacob Blake in neighboring Wisconsin. While not ignoring the attorney general’s role Read more about What Exactly has Raoul Championed?[…]
This is CJP’s second attempt at requesting data regarding the membership and chairman for the City Council Committees of Police and Fire, Public Safety, and Finance. Believe it or not the City Clerk’s Office is trying to tell us they don’t maintain documents that detail the terms that alderman serve on committees and the terms Read more about FOIA: Second Attempt at Committee Membership & Terms[…]
The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) new Officer Support System (OSS) may sound good in concept, but is actually just the latest release of a failed system. The reporting on this new OSS, most commonly known throughout the justice field as an early warning system, lacks the historical context to show how CPD has failed to Read more about Early Intervention System Redux[…]
Violence reduction strategies are all too often centered in a criminal justice system response while ignoring the economic alternatives that can play a much more effective role reducing violence over the long-term. For this to happen the electorate in Chicago needs to hold their political leaders accountable for their votes not just on justice issues Read more about Community Investment as a Violence Reduction Strategy[…]
The current fight for decades of police misconduct files has its roots in a police department, police accountability system, and a political system that had no interest in holding police officers accountable for their actions. In this interview from our Facebook Live interview series we talk with Jared Kosoglad, the lawyer for Charles Green, and Read more about The Fight for Police Misconduct Files[…]
Missing data among the event types within the data from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is nothing new to CJP. We have wages a quiet war for many years to get OEMC to rectify the missing data between the Event Types document (embedded below) they hand out through FOIA and what is Read more about OEMC Missing Event Data Problems[…]
The contact tracing that is all over the news since the start of the pandemic can arguably have an impact on gun violence in Chicago. At least that is what our guest, Dr. Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Northwestern Network and Neighborhood Initiative argued in his OpEd in The Hill Read more about Using Contact Tracing to Reduce Gun Violence[…]
Only in Chicago could the police be ghosted by their own staffing analysis. That is what one assumes happened when the second largest police department in the country cannot find a staffing analysis used as the basis for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to hire 1,000 additional officers to the Department. On September 22, 2016 Mayor Read more about CPD Ghosted by Staffing Analysis[…]
The Chicago Justice Project has been in litigation and fighting for open access to the state’s attorney’s crimes database since 2010. A DECADE! Yet today, Kim Foxx stood in front of television news cameras, journalists and all of cook county to say this: “we make our data – and i will give it to you Read more about Media Alert: Kim Foxx claims transparency but her record says otherwise[…]