We work to open data across Chicago & Cook County justice system through our “systemic approach” to transparency.
We link data across agencies to greatly increase the power of our research and make it accessible for all.
We then open that data using state of the art websites to assist communities as they advocate for change.
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.
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — With the nation’s eye focused on Chicago, Mayor Emmanuel has been forced to make some changes. After receiving help from former Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley, COPA — Civilian Office of Police Accountability — has officially launched. Although COPA is off the ground, there are many residents that still don’t fully Read more about Chicago, Meet COPA — A Brand New Police Accountability Agency[…]
The following FOIA request was filed on 9/13/17 Please provide the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act in digital machine ready format: 1. All police call for service data maintained by the Office of Emergency Management & Communications for the time frame of Jan 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017. Read more about OEMC Call For Police Service Data FOIA[…]
Chicago – one of the pride & joys of our country – currently suffers from a plague of violence, corruption and the lack of honest justice. The Chicago Justice Project, an organization dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability in the Chicago justice systems, has worked tirelessly to seek information about justice officials and report findings Read more about The Community Outreach Program – a new phase of the Chicago Justice Project[…]
Here is the Freedom of Information Act request we filed on June 27, 2017 with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority seeking records related to justice data they maintain from Chicago & Cook County justice agencies. Please provide the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. A. Records that detail the Read more about Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority FOIA[…]
– Updated 7/11: Here is what the city released to us through FOIA regarding Bromwich’s work: Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part1 Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part2 Chicago Justice – Bromwitch Group Response – Attachments_Redacted_Part3 It is pretty clear that Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group was hired by the Read more about Secret City CPD Report[…]
This FOIA request was filed with the Chicago Police Department related to district staffing on April 10, 2017. Please provide copies of the following records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. A. Please provide records that detail staffing by district for January 1st of every year for the years of 2000-2017. Please Read more about CPD FOIA for District Staffing by Year[…]
Once again, we have a self-declared expert on Chicago’s violence. This time it is gaming industry attorney and former candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney Donna More. She authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 8 that jumps on the bandwagon to support another equally uninformed opinion, that of Bob Milan. More’s Read more about More Opinion Worth Lot Less Than She Thinks[…]
On Tuesday March 7, 2017 the Chicago Justice Project filed the following request for records under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). Unfortunately our FOIA lawsuit has dragged on for over a year now and despite the promise of Kim Foxx taking the office in December we have Read more about New FOIA Verifying SAO Practices[…]
Everyone seems to have a solution to Chicago’s violence these days, despite not much familiarity with the issues beyond the headlines and certainly beyond academia’s leading research. The latest entrant: Banking magnate and former U.S Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. He authored an OpEd in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday March 1. Let’s fact-check Daley’s letter Read more about Fact Checking Bill Daley’s Violence Solution[…]
The following notion should scare the hell out of every Chicagoan. Mayor Emanuel is going to put the same effort he put in to “fixing” Chicago’s financial problems in to fixing Chicago’s violence problems! I would give you all three guesses which news outlet in Chicago had a columnist that wrote a column suggesting just Read more about Violence Solution Written From Cheney’s Cave[…]