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. The lives of tens of thousands of city and county residents come in to 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 the data the agencies create every day.
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 data connected 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 is dedicated to implementing best practices from around the country and evidence based decision making will serve their communities the best.
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Here is a FOIA seeking missing data we filed on April 7, 2020. This request is being filed because of an oversight where we somehow missed covering from Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2018 with the series of other FOIA request we have filed with OEMC. This request for missing data is part of a Read more about FOIA: OEMC 2018 Missing Data[…]
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a vital tool that allows residents of the state to gain access to public records. Today’s show features a discussion on FOIA and more specifically a memo authored by Matt Topic from Loevy & Loevy. Our guest today is Merrick Wayne who specializes in representing residents, journalists, Read more about FOIA, Featuring Merrick Wayne[…]
Here is a FOIA we filed seeking aggregate calls for police service with the Chicago Police Department. This FOIA was filed to help supplement our negotiations with the CPD in our ongoing litigation over their violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act please provide copies Read more about FOIA: CPD Aggregate Calls for Service[…]
What is the purpose of bail? I ask because, aside from the Jussie Smollett spectacle, bail reform is the key issue in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, a race featuring Kim Foxx, a leader in national bail reform, trying to fend of three challengers in this week’s democratic primary. It’s a question worth Read more about Bail Not Designed as Punishment[…]
The idea behind the need for alternative media is that the alternative is supposed to be better than the regular. In Chicago when it comes to crime reporting, which is all the rage now, nobody does more of it than the Crime in Wriglyville and Boystown Blogish thing now going by CWB Chicago. If you Read more about Alternative Media – Same Bad Reporting[…]
The reason we have journalists is to provide well rounded context to government data so the public is in a better position to assess the quality of the services provided by our government agencies. Katy Smyser’s recent post titled “NBC 5 Investigates Tracked 110 Carjacking in Chicago Over the First 7 Weeks of 2020” for Read more about NBC 5’s Pretty Carjacking Report[…]
Below is CJP’s FOIA in the Sgt. Khalil Muhammad case to the City of Chicago Law Department in his unjustified shooting, and subsequent murder, of Ricardo “Ricky” Hayes in the Chicago’s Morgan Park Neighborhood back in August of 2017. Below is the content of our FOIA we filed with the City of Chicago Law Department Read more about FOIA: Muhammad Shooting to City Law Department[…]
Below is CJP’s FOIA in the Sgt. Khalil Muhammad case to the Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office in his unjustified shooting, and subsequent murder, of Ricardo “Ricky” Hayes in the Chicago’s Morgan Park Neighborhood back in August of 2017. Below is the content of our FOIA we filed with the Office of the Mayor on Read more about FOIA: Muhammad FOIA to Office of the Mayor[…]
Below is CJP’s FOIA in the Sgt. Khalil Muhammad case to the Chicago Police Department in his unjustified shooting, and subsequent murder, of Ricardo “Ricky” Hayes in the Chicago’s Morgan Park Neighborhood back in August of 2017. Below is the content of our FOIA to COPA filed on 2/18/2020. In accordance with Definitions and Instructions Read more about FOIA: Muhammad Shooting to Chicago Police Department[…]
In Mid December the news broke that the City of Chicago had cut a questionable plea deal of sorts with Sgt. Khalil Muhammad. Muhammad was scheduled to go in front of the Chicago Police Board before his plea deal was cut. There has been almost no information that has been made public to explain why Read more about Questionable Plea Deal Requires Transparency[…]