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THE PROBLEM AND OUR SOLUTION

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.

We empower 

Chicagoans to create 

safer communities 

through government 

transparency.

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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History of Juneteenth in Chicago

June 19th, 1865 marks the day that Maj. General Gordon Granger passed down orders inGalveston, Texas that all slaves in the state were to be freed. This day comes two and a half yearsafter Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was hard to enforce so the 1865 June 19thdate marked a more

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Special Prosecutor #2 for SAO

The appointment of a second special prosecutor to look in to the actions of members of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) demonstrates the problems within the SAO but also the great bias within the the Cook County Courts. Kim Foxx, who ran as a progressive and is implementing

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Weekend Gun Violence Media Coverage

The Weekend of June 12-14th was marred by another mass shooting on the South Side in the Chatham neighborhood, the second in two weeks. According to the Sun Times, the gunman wounded nine people and killed a mother of three. The Sun Times tracker reported less overall shootings this weekend

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This is our Chicago Justice Podcast that covers crime, violence, and justice issues in Chicago. We will feature deep dives in to justice system data, interview with researchers and justice system reform advocates, as well as evaluations of justice system practices.