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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. 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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One of Chicago’s biggest problems are the anonymous vultures that exploit crime and violence to push political agendas and or make a buck. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is certainly an expert at these practices but today we are going to discuss an up and comer in the field. This is the northside anonymous Read more about Vultures Exploiting Violence[…]
It turns out Kim Foxx’s 33 months in office have caused the last 50 years of gun violence in Chicago. Needless to say this is not an evidence based analysis but it one pushed by the FOP on a recent segment on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show. They segment was seeking to cover the Mayor Read more about FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence[…]
When all the voices you trust are locked within the same echo chamber it becomes very easy to think that facts and evidence are not integral elements of an argument. This is one of the reasons why the FOP’s arguments on social media and their blogs are lacking in evidence to support their conspiracy theories. Read more about FOP Watch: Echo Chamber[…]
The rank hypocrisy routinely demonstrated by the FOP and their supporters never seems to stop surprising Chicagoans. The recent vote by their Board of Directors to fund the appeal of the three officers recently fired for covering up the murder of Laquan McDonald is just another prime example. In an image the FOP posted to Read more about FOP Watch: Rank Hypocrisy Nothing New[…]
The CPD’s Gun Offender dashboard is nothing more than overt propaganda that the Sun-Times Editorial Board, led by editorial page editor Tom McNamee, endorsed. That’s right folks, the Sun-Times didn’t verify the data within the dashboard and hold the CPD accountable for all the data they left out or completely miss-classified but instead they just Read more about Sun-Times Endorses CPD’s Propaganda Dashboard[…]
Florian Sohnke’s recent devoid of facts critique published on Medium attempted to hold the author of a piece published at Reason.com to account. The article on Reason.com covers numbers released by the Lucy Parsons Labs regarding the execution of search warrants by the Chicago Police Department. The Sohnkecritique is ideologically driven and devoid of facts Read more about FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing[…]
Taking responsibility for their actions is obviously something the FOP leadership and their memberships are not very good at doing. Although at the same time they are very good at making sure other are taking responsibility for their actions. Even today the FOP still argues that: Jon Burge never tortured anyone let along the more Read more about FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing[…]
On Thursday July 18th, a city oversight board voted in favor of the firing of the four officers accused of covering up the circumstances of Laquan’s death. The Police Board found that Sergeant Franko signed off on false reports about the shooting, and that Officers Viramontes, Mondragon and Sebastian provided accounts of the shooting that Read more about FOP Watch: FOP responds to firing of 4 officers[…]
FOP Watch: Actions in the interest of others – Exploring a double standard of coverup and media coverage
The release of the dash cam video of the on November 24, 2015 of the shooting of Laquan McDonald forever fortified the claim there was a police coverup of what would soon be six counts of first-degree murder, sixteen counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct by police force. Almost 5 years since the shooting Read more about FOP Watch: Actions in the interest of others – Exploring a double standard of coverup and media coverage[…]
CJP seeks to update our police C4S data (call for service) from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. As they require we have filed another FOIA request with the agency to seek an update to our multi-year data set that we already have in house. This C4S data is vital to understanding what we Read more about OEMC FOIA: Updated Police C4S Data[…]