We work to open data across Chicago & Cook County justice system through our “systemic approach” to transparency. View data we’ve opened from the Chicago Police Board.
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.
Cook County Sheffi’ 2018 FOIA Campaign Target
Here is the content of our most recent FOIA submitted to the Chicago Police Department. This one is going after emails to and from Superintendent Johnson regarding his announcement in September 2016 to hire 1,000 additional officers for the Chicago Police Department. We will post updates as we get them. Please provide in unlocked digital Read more about CPD FOIA for emails regarding hiring of 1000 more officers[…]
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — The Committee on Public Safety met at city hall Friday to consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s desired appointment of Andrea Zopp to the Chicago Police Board. While the city met the established guidelines of releasing information about the meeting 48 hours prior, members of the public voiced their concerns that the Read more about Rushed meeting to appoint Andrea Zopp to Chicago Police Board pushed until Monday.[…]
BREAKING: Andrea Zopp is set to be named the newest member of the Chicago Police Board on Friday, pending a City Council meeting. The document obtained by The Chicago Justice Project on Wednesday appears to confirm a Nov. 17 meeting at 9:45 a.m. The meeting will take place in Room 201A, second floor of City Read more about Andrea Zopp could be added to The Chicago Police Board by Friday Nov. 17[…]
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — Just months after its inception, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is already severely handicapped. With a budget that is over $1 million short, a chief administrator vacancy, and a huge backlog of cases, COPA is facing an uphill battle. Mayor Rahm Emanuel named 18 individuals to be added Read more about Controversy surrounds COPA: Mayor Emanuel shirks accountability, taking matters into his own hands[…]
By JONATHAN BALLEW CHICAGO — “Laquan McDonald was a young black man who was killed by the police! And we gonna fight all day and night until he rests in peace!” Outside Chicago Police Headquarters, Thursday, a crowd of close to two hundred repeatedly and lyrically chanted the mantra, with increasing fervor. They were there to observe Read more about Chicago Residents Gather at October Police Board Meeting to Remember Laquan McDonald[…]
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[…]