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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CJP was alerted by a supporter that a decision from a 2011 Chicago Police Board (Board) case was missing from our Chicago Police Board Information Center. This FOIA was filed to correct that issue. When you review the dates between the filing date and the date our request was fulfilled by the Board with them Read more about FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision[…]
The case of the botched search of the home of Anjanette Young has blown up in to a full scale political storm for Mayor Lightfoot. The case is a perfect example of just how little command and control there is within the Chicago Police Department and how the chase for guns and drugs still sets Read more about Anjanette Young Case Reporting[…]
Too little effort from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is going in to responding to sex crimes in Chicago according to a new report from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). Today we sit down with Madeline Behr, Policy Manager, at CAASE to discuss a report she authored titled “Too Little, Too Late? The Read more about Too Little, Too Late?[…]
The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is an association of multiple community based organizations working together on issues of police accountability in Chicago. The group came together after the release video showing the murder of Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke. GAPA’s main focus has been the creation of a community commission that would Read more about GAPA – What is This Ordinance All About?[…]
An audit of the Citizen’s Office of Police Accountability’s (COPA) compliance with the City of Chicago’s video release policy shows systemic failures in the police accountability system in Chicago that lead to COPA failing to live up to the office’s obligations under this policy. The policy was put in to place in the wake of Read more about COPA Compliance with Video Release Policy[…]
This request submitted to the Office of Unified Communications is part of our first set of requests in the District of Columbia (DC). This request is targeting meta data on calls to 911 within DC seeking police services. As is CJP’s policy we are targeting data for as far back as the Office of Unified Read more about FOIA: DC Office of Unified Communications[…]
The first step to solving the rape kit backlog crisis is to understand the actual extent of the problem. Unfortunately, decades of badly-kept records, unclear legislation, and a lack of transparency has made discerning the exact amount of “backlogged” kits in the state of Illinois difficult. In 2015, the Accountability Project, an initiative by the Read more about Data Brief: Rape Kit Backlog – What We Do and Don’t Know[…]
This is our first set of requests in to the District of Columbia’s (DC) Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). These requests target big data created and maintained by the MPD through the course of their daily work. It is beyond time that that the operations of local justice systems are opened in a manner that allows Read more about FOIA: DC Metropolitan Police Department[…]
Defunder in Charge This is just another clear demonstration of how the Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart, tries to manipulate and shape the Sheriff’s Office into whatever will allow him to keep or gain additional power. In this article, Dart tries to position the programs he is running in the jail as being exactly what Read more about MMB: Dart, Gang Database, Lightfoot[…]
This story is just another case of the local media exploiting violence and a salacious headline to get clicks and then not delivering a meaningful story. I would bet very near 99% of guns used on the streets of Chicago start out being purchased legally through a gun store. This is not news. The fact Read more about MMB: Main, Sposato, & Tokenism[…]