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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The Community Commission on Public Safety (Commission) is one of the campaign promises that Mayor Lightfoot just has not been able to deliver on and seems to do nothing but take wrong step after wrong step trying to implement this legislation. Recently, the Mayor announced she was walking away from the negotiating table with the Read more about Community Commission on Public Safety[…]
On Monday, CBS Local reported that at least 25 people were injured and three people were killed by gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. As in past weekends, CBS Local, the Chicago Sun-Times and Fox Chicago kept track of shootings in Chicago over the weekend and published a final tally of incidents on Monday. Read more about Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend[…]
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Martinez pulled what was always expected and flip flopped here campaign pledge to make her office be responsive to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instead Martinez backed an Illinois Senate bill to make the office responsive to what is called the local records act. The Read more about Clerk Martinez’s Transparency Flip Flop[…]
The Fraternal order of Police (FOP) has long be known be a force working against reform even when it is in the best interests of their membership. They are also known for backing up a single officer no matter the long-term consequences for the organization and its membership. The Adam Toledo case may turn out Read more about FOP President’s Baseless Claims on Adam Toledo Shooting[…]
On Monday, CBS Local reported that at least eight people were killed and 34 people were injured in shootings in Chicago over the weekend. Consistent with past weekends, Fox Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Local kept tallies of gun violence incidents and published the final tallies on Monday morning. As per usual, these outlets Read more about Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend[…]
This request for what is traditionally called calls for service data covers the year 2020. This data is generated every time someone calls 911 seeking police services. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) receives these calls and generates the data. We have been engaged with the Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) Read more about FOIA: Calls for Service 2020 Data[…]
The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) response to the George Floyd protests turn out to be chaotic, unorganized, and under prepared. This comes from a review of the CPD”s response from a report recently released by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (DPSIG), Deborah Witzburg. Floyd was murdered on a Monday and despite spreading protests Read more about Exploring CPD’s Response to George Floyd Protests[…]
On Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that four people were killed and 32 people were injured in shootings across the city this past weekend. Just as in previous weekends, CBS Local, Fox Chicago, and the Chicago Sun-Times published updated tallies of violent incidents over the course of the weekend. These outlets published a final tally Read more about Analyzing Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]
This entire lawsuit and how the CPD has responded throughout is a monument to just how against the organization is to real transparency. Also, it is important to note that the behavior of the CPD has not been affected by who was in the Mayor’s office or sitting in the Superintendent’s office. Due to the Read more about CPD FOIA Suit Updates[…]
This past weekend in Chicago, CBS Local reported that at least 21 people were injured and 4 people were killed in shootings between 5pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Media coverage of gun violence over the weekend focused heavily on three incidents from the weekend: a 10-year-old boy who was injured in a shooting Read more about Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage[…]